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ECHINACEA 'Tiki Torch'

Image of Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' PPAF

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA 'Tiki Torch' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Coneflower

General Description

The large, smoldering orange daisies of 'Tiki Torch' are unlike those of any other coneflower. They are borne in profusion on well-branched, upright plants that are robust and high-performing. A hybrid between the yellow coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa) and Ruby Giant purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Giant’), this winning Terra Nova Nurseries introduction is sure to add warmth and fiery color to many a perennial border or butterfly garden.

Coarse dark green leaves line the stems of the perennial 'Tiki Torch.’ Flowering begins in early to midsummer. The large daisies have intense orange petals that surround reddish brown central cones, which are visited by butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators. As the conical heads age, they dry to brown and the seeds within are eaten by small songbirds.

Coneflowers grow best in full to partial sun and rich to average soil with good drainage. They are not overly water thirsty, but do check to make sure the soil is never too dry. Deadheading spent flowers keeps plants looking clean and attractive and will encourage continued flowering—though it is nice to leave a few seedheads for the birds. Plants will self-sow, though seedlings will not be true to parent. This tall selection may benefit from staking in windy locations. Some gardeners have reported this cultivar is not as reliably hardy as other coneflowers.

All coneflowers attract butterflies and provide seeds for hungry birds. They make welcome additions to sunny formal or naturalistic flower gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    28"-36" / 71.1cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Orange Red, Brown

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes