Orange Meadowbrite Coneflower
Flower description / bloom time
‘Art’s Pride’ features beautiful orange coneflowers, 3-4 inches across, that fade to pale pink over time. Few flowers on each plant, yet they have a sweet subtle fragrance, and make great cut flowers. It blooms from late June through early August, with intermittent flowers into early fall.
While the grass-green, lanceolate leaves of ‘Art’s Pride’ are not a significant ornamental feature, they are healthy all summer. The basal leaves are not densely produced.
Habit and growth rate observations
Due to somewhat spindly habits, plants work best when planted next to other perennials or grasses that help support the weak stems. ‘Art’s Pride’ is a slow grower, 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide after three seasons. Only 11 of 38 plants trialed survived over winter (a 29% survival rate).
Site preference—soil and light
Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. Supplemental watering is needed, especially during establishment. Amending soil with compost is beneficial.
Successes and possible drawbacks—how to overcome them
Not a good plant when planted by itself, since it needs other plants to lean on for support. Cutting the plant back once before it blooms may encourage development of a sturdier compact habit. Orange bloom is magnificent and provides a continuous show as it fades from orange to pale pink.
Notes from growers/retailers
‘Art’s Pride’ was the first orange-flowered coneflower in the market introduced via the Chicagoland Grows® plant introduction program. The flower color is appealing to gardeners and will sell if in bloom at the garden center.
Combines well with a variety of perennials and grasses including Liatris, Aster, Rudbeckia, Sporobolus, Pervoskia, Sessleria, Heliopsis, Helianthus, Sedum, Pennisetum.
Parting SHOT”—the overall evaluation results were Fair ••
Stunning orange blooms are a stand out in the garden and contrast well with the yellow and purple blossoms of other perennials. ‘Art’s Pride’ needs the support of adjacent perennials or grasses to prevent it from falling over. The vigor and hardiness is questionable, as a large percentage of our trials did not overwinter very well.