-I have the below listed plants in the garden this year and have collected the dried heads from all of them.. hoping from some interesting crosses. I am about to go through and pull the viable seed and was wondering...
-What plants will come true from seed?
-And if not, do they just revert back to the standard purpurea (if not crossed with something else)?
Nevrmore... Sinc e they hybrids. They may or may not come true. Now you may get some that wil revert and some that wil come true and some that may be a brand new cultivar just dependign on what pollen got crosed with what.
There really no way that you wil be able to tell what you have until you grow them out. Hybridizers plant out hudnreds and hundreds of seeds to find a new cultivar in the mix. It work, btu excitign when you do find somethign that may be a new hybrid that cna be evaluated and grown on out for years to see how it does.
Did you give the "Double Deckers" several years to see if the blooms developed into doubles? I recall reading that they usually take at least two years of blooming before some double decker blooms form.
That's it...you're correct. The name of the flower really hasn't been changed. It's just been translated into English and given the name "Double Decker". I would guess this echinacea originated in Holland, because "doppel" translates to double in Dutch. A doppelganger in Dutch or German generally translates to anything that is "double". The word can also be used to describe "your double" in life or someone who is "walking in your footsteps". That sounds pretty creepy!!! LOL Booo
Jon - I had some for several years. They never looked like the pictures. I had one or two that had a few extra little petals in top, but I don't consider them a reliable seed variety like White Swan. That's why I wasn't too upset when 2 out of 3 of my Echinacea "Pink Poodles" looked like a Double Decker should look.
LOL. Yeah, I recall you saying you have some "Double Decker Pink Poodles". I have some Double Decker seeds, but had decided not to plant any of them when I heard it could take several years to get some doubles. I like "White Swan", but like "Primadonna White" even better. I have a couple of each that I grew from seed. My Primadonna White's" have larger blooms and they bloom over a longer period of time. One of the Primadonna White plants has started to bloom again this past week.
I have blooms lingering on Prairie Splendour, Doppledecker, and the orange Big Sky Series (can't remember the name---not crazy about it). I picked up the yellow Big Sky Series (Sunrise?) this fall for 2.98 on the sale rack in a big pot, put it into the ground and its blooming. That's about all I will pay for Big Sky because they are often distorted and mutated.