This unique coneflower is the culmination of five generations of breeding over ten years and combines three different coneflower species: Echinacea laevigata, E. purpurea, and E. tennesseensis. The convoluted ancestry no doubt is the source of the unusual traits observed for this selection. ‘Burgundy Fireworks’ has the vigor and stout stems of Echinacea purpurea, but at less than 18" tall by wide, it is more compact than many selections currently in the marketplace. The stems remain sturdy even on pot-grown plants, unlike so many of the Echinacea paradoxa hybrids. The flowering stems are a deep burgundy color in spring and fall, which is still evident in the heat of summer. The smallish, glossy leaves are an attractive green, with red midveins in colder weather. But most unique about this selection are the deep beet-red ray flowers, which are not only upturned like its E. tennesseensis ancestor, but are individually fused into quills. It's long blooming as well. No other coneflower has this combination of traits! Stable under four years of field evaluation and three cycles of tissue culture propagation.
USDA Zones 5 to 7 at least. Introduction #CG09-003. Developed by Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois.
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