Orange Coneflower Varieties

Rudbeckia and Echinacea Plants

Orange coneflower varieties. Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm, Echinacea Tiki Torch, Sundown, Hot Papaya and Harvest Moon. Ratibida pinnata, the Mexican prairie coneflower.

Orange coneflowers in a perennial border.

These intensely-colored coneflower cultivars are at their blooming best when combined with other bright or dark flowers and foliage.

In this picture, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Rustic’ is paired with the red castor bean plant.

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Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Here, Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ is foiled by red castor bean and red banana foliage.

This black eyed Susan flower is often commonly called orange coneflower despite its petals being more gold than orange.

Ratibida pinnata
Orange Meadowbrite

Also called prairie or gray headed coneflower, Ratibida pinnata has the smallest blooms of any of the orange coneflowers on this list.

Orange Meadowbrite coneflower is hardy in zones 4-9 but unreliably so in zones 4 and 5. It grows to a height of 36 inches and blooms in mid summer.

The orange daisy flowers are lightly fragrant and good for cutting.

These are heavy bloomers with drooping petals and brown cones.

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Coneflower, Hot LavaEchinacea ‘Sundown’Coneflower Hot Papaya

The cross between Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea paradoxa known as ‘Sundown’ is part of the Big Sky coneflower family hybridized by Richard Saul at Itsaul Nursery in Atlanta, GA.

The large blooms feature reflexed petals in a variety of orange through peach hues. Like every other Echinacea coneflower, they are more intensely colored when they first open and fade as they age.

The brown central cone of this variety is round and flat.

Echinacea ‘Sundown’ plants reach 30 inches tall and nearly as wide in full sun.

The bright orange to paprika-colored, fully double flowers of ‘Hot Papaya’ have short, fringed petals at the top and center, nearly covering the central cone. These are surrounded by a skirt of the usual Echinacea flower petals.

These unique blooms sit atop stiff, 3 foot stems with burgundy markings.

‘Hot Papaya’ is heat and drought tolerant with good disease resistance.

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Echinacea ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon’Echinacea ‘Hot Summer’

The blooms of the 30″ tall ‘Supreme Cantaloupe’ begin as melon-colored singles.  As the season wears on, their brown central cones are wreathed in flower petals turning the striking blossoms into doubles!

Coneflower ‘Harvest Moon’ is another Big Sky coneflower (an Echinacea paradoxa crossed with the Echinacea purpurea plant).

Its golden orange petals blend beautifully with its bright orange cones. The plant’s big dark green leaves are a perfect contrast to the blooms.

Buy Echinacea ‘Firebird’Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’

‘Firebird’ is a red-orange coneflower perfect for the middle of the border.  Mature plants are 20-27″ when in bloom.  This plant displays the old fashioned, shuttle cock style flowers that the Echinacea species is beloved for.

The large. pumpkin-colored flowers of ‘Tiki Torch’ feature big, round bronze central cones which turn black as the seeds mature.

The blooms arrive in mid summer and continue into fall on 30 inch plants with upright stems.

Combine ‘Tiki Torch’ with ‘White Swan’, the green coneflower ‘Coconut Lime’ and a variety of yellow coneflowers in a stunning coneflower garden.

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