Sombrero Baja Burgundy becomes All-America Selections award winner
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Sombrero Baja Burgundy becomes All-America Selections award winner

The recognition comes after a three-year trialing process that began in 2016.


Darwin Perennials, the vegetative perennial brand of Ball Horticultural Company, has announced that it has accepted an All-America Selections (AAS) award for top performance of an herbaceous perennial for its Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy. This award is the culmination of a three-winter trialing process at sites across North America, where the variety received top marks from 24 judges.

Sombrero Baja Burgundy is notable for its compact habit that is covered in coneflower blooms. It is hardy to USDA Zone 4; AAS judges gave it high marks for overwintering during three tough winters. It attracts butterflies and birds while repelling deer. It bulks up for spring sales with no vernalization needed.

“The vibrant color of our Sombrero series of Echinacea is matched by its exceptional winter hardiness and excellent garden performance,” Leland Toering, sales and marketing manager for Darwin Perennials says. “This recognition by AAS for the variety Baja Burgundy confirms the positive feedback we’ve received over the years, and builds further confidence in this series.”

“The flower color of Sombrero Baja Burgundy is without equal among coneflowers,” according to AAS. “Gardeners will enjoy prolific blooms from mid-summer until first frost. It’s also great for cut flowers.”

To learn more about Sombrero Baja Burgundy, click here.