Echinacea Pretty Parasols

What springs to mind when you think of the beach? Could it be the soft white sand, or the sound of the surf? For me, it’s a vision of beach umbrellas lined up alongside each other in all different colours and patterns. That’s what Echinacea Pretty Parasols reminds me of!

How to grow Echinacea Pretty Parasols:

Flowering time: July – October

Location: In beds, borders and patio containers

Soil: Moist and well-drained

Light: Full sun/partial shade

Water: Water regularly throughout growing and flowering period

Care: Cut back dead flower stems to the ground in autumn, then apply mulch. Lift and divide congested plants in spring.

Size: Mature height of 90-120cm, width of 50cm

 

Echinacea Pretty Parasols

How was this plant created?

Jan Spruyt of Belgium-based breeders Jan Spruyt-Van der Jeugd wanted to achieve the wild aspect and character of an Echinacea purpurea, combined with the long lifespan of a Echinacea pallida. He was amazed by the colour of the plant’s inflorescence, but the dark green, shiny leaf colour was also particularly special to him.

 

Echinacea Pretty Parasols

Jan with Echinacea Pretty Parasols

 

The biggest issue in breeding this plant, however, was finding a lab that believed in his selection, as most were put off by the drooping petals. Jan subsequently applied for Plant breeders’ Rights because he believed in this variety, even though at that point there were no interested candidates for mass production. Plantipp then picked up the variety, and Echinacea was in trade after three to four years!

Echinacea Pretty Parasols

What’s different about this plant?

Echinacea Pretty Parasols’ pendulous petals are so unique! These large blooms sit atop strong, often multi-headed stems, producing flowers in succession and at varying heights throughout the summer. It is greatly suited to informal planting schemes and minimal-maintenance gardens, as it is a reliable hardy perennial and will come back with masses of flowers each year when established.

 

Echinacea Pretty Parasols

Where can you plant Echinacea Pretty Parasols?

This plant is well suited to bed and borders, but will also work in large containers. Thanks to its ability to withstand wind and rain, it can be planted in an exposed area, and even in coastal gardens.

 

Echinacea Pretty Parasols

Where can you buy this plant?

Echinacea Pretty Parasols is available now in the UK from Crocus, Hayloft and Sarah Raven.

 

Plant of the Month is sponsored by Plantipp, a company based in The Netherlands who handle the introduction of new plants into Europe.

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  • Reina

    Echinacea is a very nice and grateful plant. There are lots of different colours of echinacea which can compose perfectly in every garden. I fell in love with this one: https://gardenseedsmarket.com/echinacea-coneflower-green-envy-bulb-tuber-root.html because its colours are impressive. I haven’t came across such colours in one plant yet. And of course echinacea is not so demanding plant which makes it easy for maintaining.

    August 22, 2021
  • I really like this Echinacea, especially for the flowering period (July – October) and possibility of more colours.. Question is, how many bees would it attract? It’s for my garden in front of the apartment… I was also thinking about Jerusalem artichoke (flowers in September – October) which I like.

    October 14, 2021

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