Echinacea 'Balscblum' DOUBLE SCOOP BUBBLE GUM

Common Name: purple coneflower 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Deep pink center with lighter pink rays
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut, Good Dried
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.

BUBBLE GUM is a double coneflower in the DOUBLE SCOOP series of Echinacea cultivars from Ball Horticultural. It is the result of a 2006 cross-pollination of two proprietary Echinacea hybrid selections which occurred in a controlled breeding program conducted in Elburn, Illinois in 2006. U.S. Plant Patent PP23,103 was issued on October 9, 2012 under the cultivar name of 'Balscblum'. This is an upright, free-branching, columnar coneflower that typically grows in a clump to 24-28” tall and to 18-20" wide on sturdy stems that do not need staking. It is noted for its large, composite, slightly-fragrant, bubble gum pink double coneflowers (each to 4” diameter) featuring overlapping, slightly reflexed, deep pink rays in a single whorl (about 19 rays per whorl) with a center disk (to 2 1/2" diameter) of numerous (to around 500), tiny, spirally-arranged, baby pink disk florets. Flowers bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. Strigose, widely-serrate, dark green leaves (to 7” long) are narrow-ovate. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The double blooms this cultivar produces are not as beneficial to wildlife since they do not produce pollen, nectar, or seeds.


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.