Echinacea, Hybrid Coneflower 'Sunset'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunset
Additional cultivar information:(PP16424; aka Big Sky Sunset)
Hybridized by Saul
Registered or introduced: 2005



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:



Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Sacramento, California

Tallahassee, Florida

Saint Charles, Illinois

Lebanon, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Mechanicsville, Maryland

West Roxbury, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Excelsior, Minnesota

Wayzata, Minnesota

Coram, New York

Wellsville, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Bend, Oregon

Walterville, Oregon

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Watertown, South Dakota

Kerrville, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Paris, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington (3 reports)

Vancouver, Washington

Weston, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2013, Fire_NA_Seapark from Indianapolis, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm good at this gardening thing. Have been since I was a kid. I know how moving a plant one foot to the south so that it gets two more hours of sunshine can make the difference between life and death. Same (but slower to notice) is changing soil ph, soil density and of course making sure your guys have enough ventilation and drainage. echinacea Sunset has beaten me down. I bought her at a very fancy place last summer so it was planted late. But it held the flowers it came with and the buds opened into gorgeous gradients of orange and red.

This summer (and the weather has been 100 times better than last summer's drought), my Sunset just sits there like a 13 year old who is forced to go to dinner at Aunt Mimi's.

It grouchily ekes out one pale,... read more


On Aug 5, 2012, plantgnome1 from nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

One of the ugliest, most disappointing coneflower I ever grew. It starts out kind of orange then turns a faded pink. I am ripping them all out and replacing with Hot Papaya, which I also have and it is eyecatching and beautiful and the color lasts thru blaring sun and heat.


On Aug 2, 2011, Rubenbosc from Oakville, MO wrote:

Plants do not overwinter well in zone 5b/6a, color reverts back. Spent 100's on these (Sunset this, Sunrise that) over-rated plants.


On Jun 30, 2011, sllawrence from Kerrville, TX wrote:

I planted Echinacea "Sunset" last year as a small plant. I loved the variation in the color - just like a sunset. I'm in zone 8a of Texas hill country where the sun is known as a 'death star', so I planted this in part shade so the color would not fade out. It was very late coming back this spring because of the harsh winter; in fact, I thought I had lost it, but no, it is back and better than ever. Love this color! No petal roll, thank goodness.


On Aug 30, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I have three of these coneflowers. Two of them never bloom, and the third one does bloom but the flower color fades terribly. I'm going to remove these and find something else to provide a similar color in my garden. Very disappointing.


On Jun 24, 2010, grapevinegarden from Alvarado, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

In my zone of Texas (7b/8a), this plant proved disappointing. Unfortunately, many 'improved' varieties of our native wildflowers are weakened and can no longer endure our intense Texas heat and humidity. Native Echinaceas have done well in my garden. 'Sunset' did not survive.


On Nov 2, 2009, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Though the new flowers were pretty and unusual they quickly faded to a dull parchment color. This was not attractive in my garden, though I could see their place in a more wild planting. I replaced it with a more vivid coneflower variety.


On Aug 10, 2009, BostonBetty from West Roxbury, MA wrote:

I bought 6 "Sunset" echinacea 2 years ago. On the whole, I am enjoying this plant, but this summer, the flowers on 3 of my original 6 plants have turned pink. I'm enjoying the mix of colors, but I am hoping that all 6 plants don't revert back to pink/purple. They bloom for several weeks, going from a deeper orange as they open to a soft peach as they fade. They look great in the fall if you leave the seed heads on.


On Jul 28, 2009, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Mine is blooming now and the color is beautiful! I haven't had the "petal roll" problem noted. I've had this since '06 and I wish it had spread more than it has but I love it. I have it planted next to "Sunrise" which isn't as nice.


On May 12, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

i planted 4 of these a year ago in full sun, good soil. They get little summer water. They bloomed most of the summer. The color lives up to the name, and the scent is sweet too.
They are just now coming back for their second year.


On Jul 16, 2007, AuNatural from W'Ville, WA wrote:

Itsaul Plants have discontinued production of this variety due to the poor petal development (petal roll) pictured in some of the pics on this page. If you happened to have purchased yours from PDN, they are offering a credit/refund (as of May 07 notes.) If you got yours somewhere else you're SOL.


On May 10, 2007, montsho from Tracy, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I had to mulch and water alot in the heat I get in Sac but the flowers are absolutely one of a kind. I hope this second summer proves their heat/drought tolerance.


On Apr 26, 2007, willisjw from Frederick, MD wrote:

We found this pretty dull and disappointing. Looking for a stronger color from these plants.


On Mar 23, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I haven't grown this- 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.


On Jul 27, 2006, Marilynbeth wrote:

I just had to have this one too to add to my collection of Echinaceas! It's beautiful! Planted this year. Love it!


On Jul 20, 2006, yotedog from Raleigh, NC wrote:

I'd have to give this one a positive because the flowers are an incredible color! Absolutely just like a sunset--everything from light orange, to deep orange and lots of purple/mauve overtones (its hard to explain, but when you see it, you'll know what I mean). One negative--I planted two gallon size plants from the same nursery. One was planted with other plants fairly close around it, and immediately developed fungal/mildew stuff. I took it out of the ground within two weeks, cut it down to the base and repotted it. It is now doing great. The other plant had slightly more ventilation and has had no problems, even though it was planted in the same basic location. Lesson learned--if its humid where you live, give them plenty of ventilation.


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

I mail ordered this plant so it was small. It is now a little bigger and has produced about 4 flowers and I also love this one. I can't wait for it to get mature!


On Jun 13, 2006, JenniferE from Lebanon, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very unique flowers - the usual purple-pink on the bottom of the petals, but a beautiful coral orange on top! Beautiful!