Echinacea 'Marmalade'

Common Name: coneflower 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Marmalade orange
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil


Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants rebloom well without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Echinacea is a genus of seven species all endemic to eastern and central North America. Coneflowers bloom from June to August with some sporadic later bloom. Attractive to butterflies and other insect pollinators. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones may be visited by goldfinches or other birds that feed on the seeds.

Genus name of Echinacea comes from the Greek word echinos meaning hedgehog or sea-urchin in reference to the spiny center cone found on most flowers in the genus.

'Marmalade' features double marmalade-orange coneflowers (anemone-type inflorescences) that typically grow in upright clumps to 24-30" tall and as wide on sturdy, well-branched stems that do not need staking. 'Marmalade' is the result of a 2006 cross pollination of a proprietary Echinacea hybrid selection (female) with an unknown Echinacea hybrid selection (male) conducted in a controlled breeding program in Vleutenand and Zuidwolde, The Netherlands. Flowers appear in a floriferous bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. Each double flower (to 3" diameter) features downward-sloping orange ray florets topped by a very large, rounded, pompom-like center cone of darker orange disc florets. Strigose, narrow-ovate to lanceolate leaves (to 4" long) are medium green. 'Marmalade' is a selection from the Cone-fection Series of double-flowered echinaceas produced by AB-Cultivars (Arie Blom) in The Netherlands. U.S. Plant Patent PP22,602 for 'Marmalade' was issued on March 20, 2012.


Susceptible to aster yellows disease and eriophyid mites. Deer tend to avoid this plant.


Border fronts, rock gardens or part shade areas of open woodland gardens. Best in groups or massed. Attractive specimen/accent.