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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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New echinaceas – 2

Posted by Graham Rice on 17 Nov 2008 at 01:43 PM

Yesterday I posted about ‘Dreamcoat’, a colourful new mixture of echinacea seeds. Well, these new echinaceas are coming thick and fast so today a double-flowered echinacea in a new style.

Double echinaceas have been around for a few years now but they’ve all been in much the same style. Varieties like ‘Razzmatazz’, ‘Pink Double Delight’ and ‘Coconut Lime’ resemble shuttlecocks with a tight cone of short petals at the top and longer petals swept back at the base.

Now comes ‘Pink Poodle’, in rose pink with a green eye, and it’s flowers are different. They’re flatter, fluffier and much more like those of a double zinnia or a decorative dahlia. The plants reach about 80cm/32in high and are more sturdy and well-branched than many so are better able to support the heavy double flowers than the taller, weaker ‘Razzmatazz’, for example - even though they're 10cm/4in across.

And another thing I noticed. In the first picture (click on the pictures to enlarge them) you’ll see that many of the rosy pink rays have a tiny stain of red at the their tips. It really adds to the effect.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Poodle’ can be ordered now from Plants of Distinction.


Foxnfirefly said:

Very good--I see potential as a substitue for Cactus Dahlias, or Alliums for the summer garden!  Well, maybe not Cactus Dahlias as they offer more color variety.  Does "Pink Poodle" hold its blooms long like regular coneflowers?  It looks to be sturdy and promising.  

on 18 Nov 2008 at 02:32 AM

Graham Rice said:

Yes, the blooms hold well although I suspect that they will eventually become a little ragged and that will be the cue to dead head. Now all we need are half a dozen other colours! The breeders are working on them...

on 19 Nov 2008 at 01:01 PM