Word traveled quickly when this plant started blooming in our trial gardens. “Have you SEEN the size of those blooms?” “Incredible color!” “We HAVE to offer that one next year.” Comments such as these swirled around as the new ‘Solar Flare’ came into full bloom here last summer. We are incredibly excited to offer you this new selection that is as close as we’ve come to a true red Echinacea. This is a new color for the genus, a kind of deep magenta red with red being the dominant color, and purple petal backs. As the flowers pass their prime, they age to an attractive smoky rose. The enormous 5-6”, strongly fragrant flowers have horizontally held ray petals, making the flowers seem even larger. From mid through late summer, these showy blooms are produced atop very dark, near black stems that are thick and sturdy. Don’t miss this one! The BIG SKY™ Series of echinaceas comes from Itsaul Plants in Atlanta, GA. The Saul brothers, who own the company, are going CONE CRAZY™!!! In the last decade, they have introduced several new coneflowers in dazzling shades of yellow, orange, red, magenta, and the world's first bicolor echinacea. These selections are the result of crosses between E. purpurea and E. paradoxa. They have inherited the dominant characteristics of E. purpurea, having fuller, toothed leaves and wider flower petals. They are well-branched and are vigorous growers. You'll notice their sweet fragrance when you pick a few blooms for your fresh bouquet.
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