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Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower

Echinacea hybrid

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Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower

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The Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower, a vibrant Echinacea hybrid, is a testament to the beauty and resilience of native North American perennials. Thriving in hardiness zones 4 through 8, this particular cultivar stands out with its large, tangerine orange flowers that proudly display dark cones, all perched above luscious dark green foliage. Not only does it offer a feast for the eyes from mid-summer through late summer, but it also becomes a winter haven for birds when its blooms are left intact, adding an extra layer of life to your garden throughout the year.

Designed to adapt to a variety of sun exposures, from part sun to full sun, the 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower reaches a mature height of 18 to 22 inches and spreads about 16 to 20 inches wide. This medium-height perennial fits perfectly as a filler in any garden setting, whether planted in borders, containers, or mass plantings. Its ease of maintenance makes it an ideal choice for gardeners of all levels, requiring only an average amount of water and thriving in a wide range of soil types—from poor to fertile, and from acidic to alkaline.

Plant Attributes

The Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is celebrated for its robust attributes that make it a standout selection for garden enthusiasts and wildlife supporters alike. This Echinacea hybrid showcases large, vivid tangerine orange blooms with striking dark cones, set against a backdrop of dark green foliage. It embodies resilience and beauty, maturing to heights of 18 to 22 inches with a spread of 16 to 20 inches, making it an ideal medium-sized plant for a variety of garden roles, including border plantings, container gardening, and mass plantings.

Adaptability is a key feature of this perennial, flourishing under a range of light conditions from part sun to full sun, which translates to anywhere from 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily, though it achieves its best performance in full sun. The 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is not only drought-tolerant once established but also versatile in its soil preferences, thriving in acidic, alkaline, and neutral soils, and tolerating a spectrum from poor to fertile ground.

Beyond its horticultural appeal, this coneflower variant is a magnet for wildlife, attracting bees and butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers, thus playing a vital role in the local ecosystem. Additionally, it offers fragrant flowers that enhance the sensory experience of any garden. Its resistance to deer makes it a practical choice for areas where these animals are a concern, ensuring that its beauty remains unmarred by browsing. With its combination of aesthetic appeal, low maintenance needs, and ecological benefits, the Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is a superb addition to any garden seeking color, texture, and life.

Landscape Use

The Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is a versatile plant that can be employed in various landscaping designs and garden settings due to its vibrant appearance and hardy nature. Here are some specific landscaping uses for this striking perennial:

  • Border Plantings: Its medium height and vibrant orange flowers make it an excellent choice for adding color and texture to garden borders. It can be used to create a natural or formal border along walkways, fences, or garden beds.
  • Container Gardening: This coneflower is suitable for container gardening, where it can be the centerpiece or part of a mixed planting. Its upright habit and colorful blooms add visual interest to patios, balconies, or entryways.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The flowers not only add beauty to the landscape but also make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Planting them in a dedicated cut flower garden will provide a bounty of blooms to enjoy inside the home.
  • Dried Flower Arrangements: Beyond its fresh appeal, the blooms of the 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower can be dried and used in long-lasting floral arrangements, adding a touch of nature to indoor spaces year-round.
  • Mass Planting: Planting this coneflower in mass creates a stunning visual impact, especially in large garden spaces. The sea of orange flowers can be a breathtaking sight and a focal point in the landscape.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Its ability to attract bees and butterflies makes it an excellent choice for wildlife or pollinator gardens. Incorporating it into such spaces supports biodiversity and provides essential resources for pollinators.
  • Naturalized Areas: The 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower can be used in naturalized garden areas or meadows, where it can grow and spread somewhat freely, contributing to a natural, wild look.
  • Erosion Control: While not specifically noted for erosion control, its root system can help stabilize soil in sloped areas of the garden, especially when planted in groups or masses.
  • Coastal Exposure: Its resilience makes it suitable for gardens in coastal areas where salt spray and winds can be challenging for less hardy plants.

Incorporating the Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower into landscaping projects not only enhances the aesthetic appeal of the space but also supports local ecosystems by providing habitat and food for pollinators. Its drought tolerance and easy-care nature make it a sustainable choice for a wide range of garden designs.

Planting & Care

The Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is a resilient and vibrant addition to any garden, thriving with the right planting and care. Here’s how to ensure this stunning perennial reaches its full potential:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow roots to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a site that receives full sun to part sun. While it can tolerate light shade, full sun encourages optimal blooming.
  • Soil: Echinacea prefers well-drained soil but is adaptable to a range of soil types, from clay to sandy soils. If your soil is heavy clay or very sandy, amend with organic matter to improve drainage and nutrient content.
  • Spacing: Plant 16 to 20 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation and room to grow to its mature size.
  • Planting Depth: Set the plant in the ground at the same depth it was in its container. Cover with soil and press firmly.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water thoroughly at planting. Once established, the 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is drought-tolerant, requiring water only during prolonged dry spells or extreme heat, especially in container plantings.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds.
  • Fertilizing: Feed with a general-purpose garden fertilizer in early spring as new growth appears. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to lush foliage at the expense of blooms.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. However, leaving some spent blooms on the plant in fall provides food for birds and adds winter interest to the garden.
  • Dividing: Every few years, divide clumps in early spring or fall to rejuvenate and spread the plants.
  • Pest and Disease Management: Generally, the 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower is resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for aphids or signs of powdery mildew, especially in humid conditions. Treat with appropriate organic or chemical controls if necessary.

Additional Tips:

  • Winter Care: In colder regions, a layer of mulch can provide extra insulation for the roots over winter. Remove the mulch in early spring to allow new shoots to emerge.
  • Supporting Wildlife: This plant is excellent for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Consider planting it in groups to create a more significant visual impact and provide ample resources for visiting wildlife.

By following these planting and care instructions, your Color Coded® 'Orange You Awesome' Coneflower will be a robust and lively addition to your garden, offering a burst of color from mid-summer through late summer, and even into the winter months as it provides interest and sustenance for local bird populations.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; requires regular watering initially, but becomes drought-tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: eh-kih-NAY-shuh hy-BRID
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 18-22 inches and a spread of 16-20 inches.
  • Special features: Attracts bees and butterflies, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Native to North America, Suitable for winter interest with intact flowers to attract birds.
  • Dramatic Foliage: No specific mention; foliage is dark green.
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid to late summer
  • Flower color: Orange
  • Flower attributes: Large, fragrant, tangerine orange flowers with dark cones.
  • Garden style: Suitable for a variety of garden styles including cottage, wildlife gardens, and naturalized areas.
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating vibrant borders, mass plantings for a bold color statement, or as a standout container specimen. Its bright orange flowers add a warm, cheerful accent to any garden setting. Can also be used as a cut or dried flower for arrangements.
  • Companion Plants: Complements a variety of garden plants, especially those with contrasting foliage or flower colors, such as purple coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and ornamental grasses, enhancing biodiversity and attracting more pollinators.

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