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Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Hot Papaya
Additional cultivar information: (PP21022; Cone-Fection series)
Hybridized by Blom; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008

8 vendors have this plant for sale.

38 members have or want this plant for trade.


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24-36 in. (60-90 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (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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9 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative bluecatcxl On Sep 12, 2014, bluecatcxl from Farr West, UT wrote:

Best color of any coneflower I had ever seen up to this point. I have grown it for several years and sadly it has weak stems. Try 'Cinnamon Cupcake' instead for a similar color and short sturdy stems.

This one needs to be propped up or staked at least, though the color is AMAZING. I would only use as a cut flower.

Neutral Terri1948 On Jul 24, 2014, Terri1948 from Yorkshire

Four years ago I planted this beautiful Echinacea. It bloomed splendidly that first year. The following it didn't reappear :( Such a shame because it is a real beauty. For other members living in the UK I would plant this but treat it as an annual. It's worth growing for that amazing color. Mulch it well after cutting it back to protect well from frosts. If it does survive through the Winter it will have been so worthwhile.

Positive Donna177 On Sep 12, 2013, Donna177 from London
Canada wrote:

I love my Hot Papaya plant. It was the star of my garden this year. I just read your plant profile and it sais it does not set seed. I have collected many seeds just today. My question is, "are saying these seeds will not germinate for me, that they are sterile?"

Positive buckles On Aug 12, 2013, buckles from Hailey, ID (Zone 4b) wrote:

'Hot Papaya' is one of my favorite coneflowers. This is a sturdy, robust coneflower whose flowers open like orange daisies and then develop into large, deep red pompoms. This is a real standout in the garden. I have several planted with Tomato Soup and Marmalade which creates a wonderful mass of color, and then I have a one in front of dark 'Summerwine' Ninebark which adds a real jolt of color.

Negative trustmissy On Jul 25, 2013, trustmissy from Bay City, MI wrote:

I planted this last summer. This summer it has one blossom on a leggy stem that I have to prop up.

Positive Sherilou On May 28, 2012, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hot Papaya is the most beautiful coneflower I've ever seen. The bloom is a brilliant true-red that really lasts. I love it.

I ordered one Hot Papaya from Spring Hill Nursery. I received a very healthy plant that grew vigorously. I divided that plant in the first winter to get four plants!

Positive rntx22 On Aug 14, 2011, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I ordered this from a catalog a couple years ago... it is the best echinacea I have ever owned. It comes back every year, several times a year and is loaded with super long lasting huge blooms. One of my favorite plants!

Positive nconway567 On Jun 22, 2011, nconway567 from Valdosta, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have six of these in my garden, purchased from Lowe's. I am so impressed already, by the color and the sturdiness of this plant. Both my front garden and backyard garden get 8 hours or more of direct hot Georgia sun per day and they barely wilt. Very happy with these.

Positive carolrees On Jul 16, 2010, carolrees from Arlington, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I purchased four of these from Merrifield Gardens in Northern Virginia this year and put them in my flower garden. I have about 8 different echinacea varieties but this is one of the most spectacular double pom-pom varieties. It definitely stands out in a flower garden. Mine are all deep orange red.

Positive rwbigfoot On Jun 28, 2010, rwbigfoot wrote:

mine is orange on the bottom and a yellowish color on top. lowes 6-10 13.95

Positive Kim_M On Jun 25, 2010, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I am very impressed with this plant. I did not expect to like it as much as I do. I purchased it a few months ago. As one of those....Just because the nursery said it was a hot item. It is more then that..It is a GREAT performer! The Flowers are a True deep red and very large when fully open.

Positive hostapeggy On Jun 20, 2010, hostapeggy from Perrysburg, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am loving this plant. The blooms first appear as just small, pale orange singles, then evolve into brilliant orange double blooms. It is also an early bloomer - mid June in zone 5.


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

Oakley, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Valdosta, Georgia
Hailey, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Parksville, Kentucky
Baltimore, Maryland
Bay City, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Rockford, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota (2 reports)
Saint Louis, Missouri
Raleigh, North Carolina
Perrysburg, Ohio
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Verona, Pennsylvania
Ogden, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amelia Court House, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Seattle, Washington (2 reports)
Petersburg, West Virginia
Dallas, Wisconsin

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