Arie Blom's Dutch Echinacea is a star hybrid, with many outperforming selections available.

Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’

‘Hot Papaya’ Coneflower

Echinacea Hot Papaya

Care Rating

Care rating

Perennial Zone 4


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We love it for its spectacular flowers centred on a Papaya-like reddish orange pompon.

The multi-branching plants with their long-lasting flowers top robust stems will do your garden proud. Very adaptable and easy to grow.

In the garden: Specimen, potted, flower bed, cutting flower garden, butterfly garden, container spécimen, contenant, platebande, bedding.

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Detailed description

Flowers: Daisy-like, creating a large bouquet of about 400 tubular flowers resembling short or inch-read petals sporting orange-yellow at the centre, surrounded by a row of ray florets reminiscent of scarlet-orange, longer, drooping 6 cm petals; up to eight flowers per flowering tip; each flower lasts about three weeks; flowers for three months.

Fruit: dark-brown dry cone; appears to produce no seed.

Leaves: lanceolated or thin oval with a pointed end; dark green; up to 18 cm long and 7 cm wide; slightly hairy and uneven; herbaceous perennial sprouting from the soil in spring.

Bark: unremarkable.

Branches: robust, smooth, greenish stems with purple highlights; highly branching or vertical but slightly splayed.

Growth: moderate, vigourous.

Toxicity: none.

Origin: open poll nation of two hybrid Echinacea in 2005, and selected by Dutch breeder Arie Blom in 2007; introduced in 2009.


Soil: This herbaceous, easy-going perennial can be grown in various well-drained soils, whether Sandy or clay, acidic or alkaline, dry or damp.

Compost: a shovelful per plant while planting; 1 cm on the ground over the planting zone in spring or fall.

Fertiliser: with a balanced organic fertiliser, as needed.


Deadhead as soon as flowers begin to fade, cut back to the soil in late autumn or, preferably, early spring.

Above-ground parts of the plant help keep snow protecting the roots in winter.

Various care

Transplanting: easy, in spring and autumn. If done while flowering, cut back to half the leaves and eliminate the flowers.

Best divided early in spring, but can be divided anytime during the growing season if you cut back half the leaves and eliminate flowers.

Phytosanitary (diseases, insects)

Diseases: occasionally gets leaf spot, powdery mildew, botrytis and aster yellow; in continuously damp soils, watch out for grey mould, fusarium wilt and sclérotinia.

Insects: occasionally subject to root-borers, Japanese beetles, présence occasionnelle de perceurs de racines, de scarabées japonais, aphids, cut worm, tent caterpillars and rust mite.

Vulnerability: dear and rabbits don't seem to care for the mature plants, but they are attracted to new foliage in spraying; heat resistant up to 45 °C.