Echibeckia??? Black Eyed Susan/Coneflower Cross

Echibeckia yellow with orange
Echibeckia orange

Yep, the name needs a makeover, but Echibeckia for me is a winner. I love the look and late summer bloom time,  and if it survives my zone 6b winter, I want more!  I picked up this new cross at Home Depot which surprises me with new cultivars that I can’t resist. There are so many new varieties of perennials that it is hard to keep up with the deluge!

Echibeckia Summerina Yellow
Echibeckia Summerina Yellow

 An “echibeckia” is a cross between two compatible genera (genuses) – the coneflower (Echinacea) and the black-eyed susan/gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia). So think- coneflower/black-eyed susan cross makes a totally new flower.  These two varieties are favorites of a lot of gardeners, so you could predict crossing these would produce a winner.

Echibeckia
Echibeckia

Summerina is the first three-variety series of this new cross, coming in an orange-with-yellow bicolor, a yellow-with-orange bicolor, and burnt orange. So, Echibeckias combine the look and fast growth of black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia) with the hardiness and disease resistance of coneflowers (Echinacea). Combining these two staples of the garden was a slam dunk! Both tough plants on their own, but Pennsylvania is the northern limit for hardiness at -10 degrees being the drop dead winter temperature to survive. I will report back next year on how they do!

Echibeckia
Echibeckia

12 Replies to “Echibeckia??? Black Eyed Susan/Coneflower Cross”

    1. I planted one last summer. This year, it is HUGE, and is one of the most beautiful, showiest flowers I have ever seen!! I live just northwest of Milwaukee, WI, and it is thriving here!! I am very, very pleased.

      1. They are available in the UK – I found them under the Rudbeckia ‘Summerina’ name. I grew them last year and loved them. However, they didn’t survive the winter and we didn’t go down as low as -10 🙁 Could be the fault of this gardener rather than the plant though.

  1. I have some in my garden….at least it looks like it. It came from a seed mix…I think. Since the Rudbeckia don’t bloom the first year (from seed) I wasn’t 100% sure what I scattered in the area where I have these growing.

  2. Interesting! I hadn’t heard of these yet, maybe because I am in zone 5. I am surprised zone 6 is their upper limit, both coneflowers and echiniceas survive in zone 5 +

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