Coneflower
Echinacea 'Flame Thrower'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Flame Thrower
Registered or introduced: 2009

Category:

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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

Regional

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

Berthoud, Colorado

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Valdosta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Long Branch, New Jersey

Elba, New York

Port Washington, New York

Hamilton, Ohio

Gresham, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Leavenworth, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 17, 2012, daisymaybe from Berthoud, CO wrote:

2nd year plant is only 12" tall with 8 flowers in early july. A lovely color but darker orange with little yellow. Not vigorous but a nice dwarf. I have tried Tiki Torch for 3 years and have finally given up on it.

Positive

On Jul 22, 2011, snowgarden from Leavenworth, WA wrote:

I planted several gallon-size Echinacea 'Flamethrower' in my not-really full sun border and they're doing great! Not only do they bloom early (for an Echinacea), they actually have relatively robust foliage, unlike many cultivars. Mine are more intensely orange than the ones shown in the photos posted, possibly because they get afternoon shade.

Negative

On Jul 16, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have planted 4" echies inground and they have taken off w/o much effort/care. Flame Thrower IS NOT one of them!