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Echinacea 'Summer Sun'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Sun
Additional cultivar information: (PP22197)
Hybridized by Van de Aardwegh; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2010

One vendor has this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive braun06 On Jun 1, 2011, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Compared to some of the echinacea cultivars being pumped out these days this one so far has an impressive vigor for its first season. I have trialed some cultivars and do not buy any cultivar of echinacea unless I can see one at a nursery growing well, lush and sturdy. Summer Sun appears to be a tough performer opening flaming red then fading to golden orange. I will update my experience next summer.


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

Monroe, Connecticut
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Peoria, Illinois
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hartford, Wisconsin

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