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Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Poodle'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Poodle
Additional cultivar information: (PP19428)
Hybridized by Heims; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
No neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Biker1 On Jul 27, 2010, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Here is what Plant Delights Nursery says about 'Pink Poodle' in its July 27, 2010 e-newsletter:

"In other plant news, let's talk about Echinacea 'Pink Poodle', which we first listed in 2009. Well, as we say in the nursery business...woof, woof, woof. Yes, the name 'Poodle' should have clued us in, but indeed, it turned out to be a real dog. While we first trial almost all of the new plants that we offer, there are a small number that we will occasionally list from trusted breeders, or from where we regularly monitor certain breeding programs. On a very rare occasion we find that a stray dog has made it into the nursery and such was the case with Echinacea 'Pink Poodle.' After two years in our garden, only one flower out of several hundred turned out to be the nice double that was pictured by the breeder. The rest resembled the insanely ugly Echinacea "Doppelganger", which must be in its parentage. Anyway, we have discarded our remaining stock and are offering credits to anyone who purchased this from us...just contact our office at We apologize for letting this one get past us."

Negative mwieder On Jul 29, 2009, mwieder from Beachwood, OH wrote:

I have talked with several other owners of this plant and we all have experienced purchasing this plant and finding out that the blooms are not true to the image, but rather look more like 'Double Decker.' I would suggest anyone interested in acquiring one only buy it when you see the plant you're getting in bloom as there is a very high incidence of plants not being as advertised due to tissue culture propagation.

Negative echinaceamaniac On Jul 8, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought 3 of these and only 1 looks like the proper bloom style. 2 of them look like what an Echinacea "Double Decker" is supposed to look like.

Another problem with this plant is poor basal branching which means this plant is not going to have many bloom stalks for you. Plant growth regulators will be required to make this plant more full. This lack of branching also means this plant's winter survival rate is very likely to be poor.

I would be more positive about this plant had it matched the plant tag the way any plant should. Terra Nova is bad about doctoring the images on their website. If you look at them, you will see that they are all flower arrangements that are cropped to make it look like an actual plant is growing. This is very deceptive and shouldn't be tolerated.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Toddville, Iowa
Norton, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Brownsville, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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