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Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™

Echibeckia 'ET-RDB 402'

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Summerina Pumpernickel Echibeckia (Echibeckia 'ET-RDB 402') at Bast Brothers Garden Center

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ flowers

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ flowers

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Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Coneflower, Black Eyed Susan

Group/Class:  Summerina Series

Brand:  Pacific Plug & Liner


An intergeneric cross featuring the appearance of Rudbeckia, with the hardiness of Echinacea; long lasting, extra-large deep brown to orange flowers with near black centers; excellent for borders or containers; high disease resistance

Native Plants

Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Ornamental Features

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ has masses of beautiful dark brown daisy flowers with burgundy overtones, black eyes and orange tips at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. This plant is a heavy feeder that requires frequent fertilizing throughout the growing season to perform at its best. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Summerina® Pumpernickel Echibeckia™ is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features