About Darwin Perennials: “Darwin Perennials is devoted to your success in the ever-expanding perennial market. Backed by unbeatable service from Ball Horticultural Company, Darwin Perennials’ superior genetics delivered in a variety of product forms by a reliable network come together to propel your profit margins.”

For more information: Karen Bunting; kbunting@ballhort.com

Campanula hybrid

Common name: Campanula, bellflower

Trademark: ‘Iridescent Bells’ PPAF

Introduced by: Darwin Perennials, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 5 to 8
  • Light lavender flowers bloom heavily all summer long; nonseeding variety won’t become invasive in gardens and landscapes; tidy habit; makes a nice patio container item or mid-border plant
  • Mounded
  • Prefers a medium that’s high in organic matter; finish under cool night temperatures and high light
  • Watch for aphids and spider mites; Rhizoctonia crown rot from planting too deeply or overwatering
  • Liners; unrooted cuttings

Echinacea × hybrida

Common name: Coneflower

Trademark: Sombrero® Baja Burgundy (‘Balsombabur’) PPAF

Introduced by: Darwin Perennials, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Very bright, rich colors with proven hardiness; well-branched series is matched for habit and timing; perfect for use in spring-planted programs or for fall sales; plants are sturdy and compact
  • Upright; 18 to 20” tall; 22 to 24” wide
  • Will bulk and flower well when grown under long days; media should be allowed to dry between watering
  • Low sensitivity to insects and disease
  • Liners; tissue-culture raised

Scabiosa columbaria

Common name: Pincushion flower

Trademark: Flutter Deep Blue (‘Balfluttdelu’) PPAF

Introduced by: Darwin Perennials, West Chicago, Illinois

  • Zones 5 to 9
  • Compact habit and shorter peduncles make it easier to ship and show these colorful perennials; larger blooms and deeper colors; available in deep blue and rose pink
  • Mounded; 12 to 14” tall; 10 to 12” wide
  • Will perform best under moderate to high light; finish outside under full sun for best quality
  • Naturally resistant to powdery mildew
  • Liners; unrooted cuttings

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