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Hot ’n’ spicy! Sombrero® Salsa Red Coneflower will bring some zing to your summer landscape. This zesty hybrid Spirit serves up masses of luscious tomato-red blossoms over a period of many weeks. Try it with other hot colors, like Adobe Orange and Lemon Yellow Coneflowers, also from the Sombrero® series, or cool things down with the soothing blooms of Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop or lavender-blue Russian Sage. Resembling badminton shuttlecocks, Salsa Red’s flowers also contribute playful shapes to the garden that will give guests and passersby a smile. Plant this sassy Coneflower in your entryway garden or foundation beds for instant curb appeal.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Coneflowers are undergoing a revolution. It all began with the Purple Coneflower, a cherished Wildflower Spirit native to the Midwest, Southeast, and Southern Plains. This beloved prairie plant was once used medicinally by American Indians, and you will still find it today on drug store and supermarket shelves under its Latin name, Echinacea, as a supplement for treating colds. Purple Coneflower was used along with other species of American Coneflowers by breeders at PanAm Seeds, a division of Ball Horticultural of West Chicago, Illinois, to develop Sombrero® Salsa Red. In their hybridizing work, breeders sought to develop compact, well-branched plants in a sizzling shade of red. Success!
Plant some extra Sombrero® Salsa Red Coneflowers, so you’ll have plenty for bouquets for the table all summer. The lightly fragrant blossoms are superb for cut arrangements. Make any room in your home more cozy and inviting with fresh-cut flowers from the garden!
How to Grow
For best results, plant Sombrero® Salsa Red Coneflower in a sunny site or in a spot that receives shade only during the hottest part of the day. The soil should be of medium fertility and must drain freely. Cold, boggy soil in winter is not its friend. Deadheading spent flowers will keep plants looking their freshest, but the seedheads do provide winter interest, so leave them alone to enjoy four-season beauty. Cut old stems down before new growth appears in spring. Coneflowers love heat and are slow to emerge, so be patient.
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