Echinacea Fine Feathered Parrot, to give it its full name, forms a sturdy well branched plant that produces a heavy crop of two tone flowers: golden yellow petals shading to reddish orange around a prominent central brown cone. Certainly a pretty polly. Sun or semi-shade. Well drained soil. 18 in.
Parrot is the first in the new Fine Feathered series of Echinacea developed and introduced by the well known hybridisers AB Cultivars in 2018. The others currently in the range include Green Woodpecker, Flamingo and the curiously named Blue Heron, which is not at all blue, as far as we can see, and sports flowers which are definitely on the magenta side of the colour spectrum. Take a look here and see if you don’t agree with us.
Parrot, on the other hand, is quite parroty in terms of its flower colour. There are a growing number of echinacea varieties with bicolour petals, and this uis certainly an attractive one. We like it and look forward to seeing how it does over time.
Usual echinacea rules apply: plant crown high in well drained soil. Deadhead to prolong the blooming period, which starts in midsummer and can go on well into autumn if you handle things appropriately.
Echinacea Fine Feathered Parrot is a hardy perennial with red, orange to yellow reflexed flowers from mid summer to autumn suitable for sun or semi-shade.
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