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PlantFiles: Coneflower
Echinacea 'Sunrise'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunrise
Additional cultivar information: (PP16235, Big Sky Series)
Hybridized by Saul; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2006

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Pale Yellow

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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6 positives
3 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Eldine On Jun 4, 2014, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I'm a coneflower lover but I finally got rid of this one after a few years of tolerating it. It bloomed a so-so amount, never seemed to get any bigger over the years, and the color was just a dull pale yellow. I also had problems with odd shaped, mutant petals. Had it in full sun in zone 4. (I bought "Sunset" at the same time. That one was so bad with screwed up, weird shaped petal that I dug it up the second can't even buy it anymore.)

Neutral winnierenee On Sep 27, 2013, winnierenee from Garden City, MI wrote:

I had problems with rabbits eating my plants. I finally put wire cages around them so they could get established. Hopefully, they will perform better next year.

Positive gardeningfun On Aug 26, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love this coneflower! It is one of my favorites! I have had great success with it this first year. I planted a nice size pot of them and they took off this summer! They are beautiful and a great yellow. I have them in front of a lilac bush and I think it has protected them from direct sun, which is maybe why they are so yellow? So I recommend some shade. They have bloomed beautifully! I posted two pictures of them for you all. I have collected the seeds from the dried ones and am spreading them all over my gardens, I love them so much!

Positive Rat_Wrangler On Jul 26, 2010, Rat_Wrangler from Bay City, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just planted this in the spring but so far I am very pleased with it. The flowers are a lovely pale yellow they make a nice contrast against my Penstemon "Mystica"s purple leaves. The stem with the most blooms (8 or so) is a bit floppy, but it leans against the penstemons and so far hasn't needed a ring or support. I'll be interested in watching this plant mature into next year etc.

Negative echinaceamaniac On Jul 22, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

VERY VERY negative! These have random quilled petals that totally ruin the look of the blooms. The blooms fade so quickly that if you blink you'll miss the yellow. After a short while they look like a sick "White Swan" that has deformed blooms.

These are a total waste of money unless you like something out of Chernobyl growing in your garden.

Positive guspuppy On Mar 20, 2008, guspuppy from Warren, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love this flower! I have found that the flowers keep their color much longer if the plant is in morning sun with some afternoon shade, they wont fade so quickly.

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

For info. 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.

Neutral Cybrczch On Jul 13, 2006, Cybrczch from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Bought a plant last year at a clearance sale, and another one this spring. So far only last year's plant has blossomed.... I've posted the picture - apparently I have a mutant.

Positive nanny_56 On Jul 6, 2006, nanny_56 from Putnam County, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I added this plant this spring and it has been a pleasant surprise. It has been a prolific bloomer. I will mention that I bought a good healthy plant from local nursery so I had a head start versus mail order. It definitely stays!

Positive dmj1218 On Jun 8, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Most fragrant of any of the echinaceas I have.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice coneflower, tough grower.


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

Fairfield, California
San Leandro, California
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Edwardsville, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Lebanon, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Bay City, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Dexter, Missouri
Wilber, Nebraska
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Long Branch, New Jersey
Wellsville, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Fremont, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Hamilton, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pawnee, Oklahoma
, Ontario
Bend, Oregon
Dallas, Oregon
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Weston, West Virginia
Hartford, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Menasha, Wisconsin
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
River Falls, Wisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin

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