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PlantFiles: Coneflower
Echinacea 'Katie Saul'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Katie Saul
Additional cultivar information: (PP18783, Big Sky series; aka Summer Sky)
Hybridized by Saul; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

27 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Vallejo On Aug 6, 2010, Vallejo from Vallejo, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My plants are vigorous and growing well in Vallejo, but there's a problem with the flowers. Although the flowers last a long time, for most of that time the petals are an ugly parchment (dead or burned-looking) color. Ugh! Maybe that's what the first commenter meant about the color lasting better in the shade? (These are in full sun.)

Negative IvoryPetal On Aug 15, 2008, IvoryPetal from (zone 4a), QC wrote:

It died the first year I planted it. I bought another one the following year and it died again. I did not plant it at the same spot. I love the color of the flowers but it does not survive winter here.

Positive pennefeather On Jul 28, 2008, pennefeather from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

The flowers are beautiful, but this the second season in a row that the leaves are discolored. They turn whitish, as if suffering from powdery mildew. It doesn't seem to affect the flowers though.

Better color if they have some shade, since intense sun cause it to fade.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 23, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

For info purposes only:

Developed by Itsaul Plants of Georgia, the Big Sky series of Echinaceas are crosses of E. purpurea -- the traditional Purple Coneflower -- and E. paradoxa. They are heavy-blooming, unusually long-lasting, and sport a range of brand-new colors for the family.

Positive bentleygardens On Jun 9, 2006, bentleygardens from Locust Grove, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

The first two-toned coneflower in the Big Sky series. Just released!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vallejo, California
Denver, Colorado
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Norton, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Tuckerton, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Fombell, Pennsylvania
Roscoe, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Houston, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Mc Lean, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Hartford, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

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