Virtues: If you’re looking for a coneflower that’s exciting yet still maintains some of the simple grace of the species, check out Sombrero Baja Burgundy coneflower. This selection has the flower structure of the species: a central cone surrounded by single petals. It’s a simple and classic look that’s also easy for pollinators to access. Baja Burgundy coneflower ups its game, though, with its vivid color, a pleasantly shocking red. Baja Burgundy coneflower is one in the Sombrero series of echinacea; the Sombrero varieties are touted for their vivid color, compact habit, good branching and reliable return after the winter.
Common name: Baja Burgundy coneflower
Botanical name: Echinacea xhybrida Sombrero Baja Burgundy or ‘Balsombabur’
Flowers: Large daisy-type flowers are composed of a central cone in rich red-brown and deep, bright pink-red petals that overlap one another. The flowers of Baja Burgundy coneflower attract butterflies and the seed heads draw songbirds. These flowers also make good additions to cut-flower bouquets.
Habit: Baja Burgundy coneflower is an upright, relatively short echinacea that stands 18 to 20 inches tall and 22 to 24 inches wide.
Season: Late spring through late summer, for flowers.
Exposure: Full sun.
How to grow Baja Burgundy coneflower: Site this perennial in full sun and well-drained soil. Once it is established, it can withstand some drought, but it likes regular moderate watering. Deadhead the plants (or cut fresh flowers for bouquets) to promote more flowering. USDA Zones 4–9.
Image courtesy of Darwin Perennials.