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Tomato Soup Coneflower
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Mmm, mmm, good… as satisfying as a hot bowl of tomato soup on a cold day! This radiant Spirit will make your borders glow with its vibrant red-orange petals. Tomato Soup Coneflower is a sassy hybrid Coneflower that will bring head-turning scarlet blooms to your landscape for weeks in summer. It will be the star of your entryway garden, poolside plantings, or summer patio plantings. Give it a cool-hued companion like lavender-flowered Russian Sage or Catmint, and you’ll have a pleasing duo that will satisfy all summer.
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 Yellow Coneflower by plant breeder Harini Korlipara at Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon, to develop Tomato Soup Coneflower. In her hybridizing work, she sought to develop compact, well-branched plants in sizzling new shades. Success!
Plant some extra Tomato Soup 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 Tomato Soup 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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