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Back to trial Echinacea for the Mid-Atlantic Region

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Echinacea ‘Balsomcor’ (SOMBRERO® Hot Coral)

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Echinacea ‘Balsomcor’, commonly known as SOMBRERO® Hot Coral, is a coneflower in the SOMBRERO® series from Darwin Perennials. In our trial, SOMBRERO® Hot Coral produced a compact and well-branched plant that is very similar to Echinacea ‘Santa Fe’. The individual flowers of SOMBRERO® Hot Coral are some of the smallest in the trial at 3.5″ wide, but they bloom in abundance over a prolonged period from early July though early August. During that time, the flowers undergo some changes, not just in color but also in shape. While the tops of the petals are a bright monarch-orange, the undersides are a contrasting pink and white. The petals are curled as the flowers begin to bloom allowing both colors to be seen simultaneously creating a kaleidoscope effect. The petals eventually unfurl, reflex, and intensify in color before fading to subtle pink pastels in late summer.


  • Rating
    4.3 (Top Performer) 
  • Common Name
    SOMBRERO® Hot Coral coneflower  
  • Bloom Period
    late June-mid July  
  • Peak Bloom
    early July 
  • Flower Size
  • Size
    21” x 22” 
  • Flower Type