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Echinacea - hybrid 'Sombrero Salsa Red' / Cone flower

    Echinacea - hybrid 'Sombrero Salsa Red' / Cone flower

    Echinacea hybrid Sombrero Salsa Red is a stunning perennial that is known for its vibrant and bold red flowers. It is a relatively new cultivar that was introduced in 2013, but has quickly gained popularity among gardeners due to its unique coloration and long blooming period.

    Product Characteristics:
    • Height: 60-70 cm (24-28 in)
    • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
    • Flower color: Bright red with dark red center cones
    • Flowering period: Late spring to late summer
    • Foliage: Dark green, lance-shaped leaves
    • Sunlight requirements: Full sun
    • Soil requirements: Well-draining soil with a pH of 6.5-7.5
    • Hardiness Zone: 4

    Echinacea hybrid Sombrero Salsa Red can be used in a variety of ways in the garden. It makes a fantastic addition to mixed borders, cottage gardens, and prairie-style plantings. It can also be used in container gardens or as a cut flower.

    One of the key benefits of Echinacea hybrid Sombrero Salsa Red is its long blooming period. It produces an abundance of flowers from late spring to late summer, providing color and interest throughout the growing season. It is also relatively low maintenance and can tolerate drought and heat.

    Companion Plants:
    • Amsonia hubrichtii: This delicate, feathery foliage of this native perennial creates a beautiful contrast against the bold Echinacea blooms, while the golden fall color adds interest to the garden.
    • Allium 'Millenium': The bright purple blooms of Allium 'Millenium' create a stunning contrast against the fiery red of Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red, while the long bloom time provides an extended season of interest.
    • Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster': The tall, upright habit and feathery blooms of this ornamental grass create a beautiful contrast against the bold Echinacea flowers.
    Care Instructions:
    Echinacea hybrid Sombrero Salsa Red prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It can tolerate drought, but regular watering will help promote healthy growth and blooming. Deadheading spent flowers can help prolong the blooming period. In colder climates, the plant may die back in the winter but will regrow in the spring.

    Final Thoughts:
    Echinacea hybrid Sombrero Salsa Red is a beautiful and unique addition to any garden. Its vibrant red flowers and long blooming period make it a standout plant, and its low maintenance requirements make it a great choice for beginner gardeners.