Echinacea x 'Sundown'

Coneflower, Sundown

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

For the past 10 years, Richard Saul at Itsaul Nursery in Atlanta has been crossing Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea paradoxa ,and he has gotten some spectacular hybrids which he has named the Big Sky series. These coneflower hybrids combine the best traits of their parents - large flowers with reflexed petals, knock-out gorgeous colors of mango, canteloupe, peach, mustard, butter yellow, strawberry and everything in between, strong stems, and strong fragrance. As with all of the coneflowers, flowers start out intensely colored and fade over time. 'Sundown's' flowers start fluorescent rose pink while buds are expanding, then change to bright rose-orange, then fade finally to soft purple pink. Very stunning. Plants grow 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. They want full sun, good drainage, and average to dry soil. Just like their parents. Mid-summer, dry-growing, flowering companions could include Butterfly Weed, Coreopsis, Achillea, Russian Sage, Blazing Stars, and yes, yes, Little Bluestem. Fall planting not recommended.



Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial,

Light Exposure

Full sun,

Soil Condition

Sandy, Average,

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moderately moist,


full quart


24 to 36,

Flower Color

Pink, Orange, coral,


Bloom Time

Mid summer,

Typical Height





4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9