Green Twister and Hot Papaya Echinaceas

Green Twister and Hot Papaya Echinaceas
Green Twister and Hot Papaya echinaceas are two unusual varieties of echinaceas that are highly recommended.

Green Twister Echinacea

Suited to zones three through eight, Green Twister Echinacea was released by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2017. This plant receives lots of attention when in bloom.

The seed grown plants are sometimes just slightly shorter the first year. However, in subsequent years, they will reach 3½ feet in height with a spread of two feet or so. The stems are often deep burgundy, which provides a lovely background for viewing the novel blossoms.

Very free flowering, Green Twister plants can show some slight variability since they are seed grown, and this only adds to their unique beauty. The flower color can vary just slightly along with the size of the green edges on the petals.

Green Twister can bear some blossoms that are light green. However, in general, quite a few of the blooms will have edges that are almost creamy yellow. The petals are held horizontally. These flowers have a very high petal count.

The petals are basically bicolored with lemon-green except near the edges where the blooms can feature an even brighter green. Over time, the petals become pink or red-carmine close to the cone.

The large cones are carmine red. Green Twister Echinacea resulted as a spontaneous mutation, and just sprang up among a planting of Magnus seedlings.

Hot Papaya Echinacea Hybrid

Hot Papaya is part of the Cone-fections series. This was the very first Echinacea variety to have hot colored blossoms. Bred by Dutch plantsman Arie Blom, it is considered an outstanding variety.

This variety is recommended for zones four through nine and attracts butterflies and bees. Reaching two to three feet in height with a 2 to 2½ foot spread, Hot Papaya Echinacea does best in full sun to part shade. It does require a well drained soil. Otherwise, the plant can die over the winter.

Suitable for containers, Hot Papaya Echinacea is a well branched plant with strong, thick stems. The blossoms begin to appear in July and extend into August. The scented, double, pom-pom type flowers provide long lasting color.

Hot Papaya stems are highly recommended as cut flowers and also as everlastings. The fresh stems have a vase life of two weeks or so. These have a high petal count.

The dazzling flowers have petals that are vivid deep orange like a ripe papaya. The cones are dark gold to dark yellow-orange. The puffy, tufted centers of the pom poms are initially orange-red and later deepen to spicy orange.

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