All-America Selections for 2010

With the 2010 winners, All-America Selections now offers the immediate introduction and availability of the winning varieties

| February 12, 2010

All-America Selections, known for promoting new garden seed varieties, has announced the 2010 All America Selections winners. The group also announced that the winner will be available immediately through all distribution channels.

The latest winners for 2010 are:

Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry'

This purple coneflower differs from all others for flower color, branching and plant size. Gardeners will love the deep rose-purple, 3- to 4-inch flowers that retain color on the plant longer. Plants were tested across the United States and Canada. This first-year flowering perennial (hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 3) has superior performance including a basal branching habit, resulting in more flowers per plant. Reaching a height of 20 to 24 inches in a full-sun garden, this AAS Winner blooms continually without deadheading. 'PowWow Wild Berry' is an intermediate day-length flowering variety with most rapid and uniform flowering at 14 hours, flowering approximately 20 weeks after sowing. Seed should be sown before the end of January for the most prolific and uniform flowering in the first year. Bred by PanAmerican Seed Co.

Marigold F1 African 'Moonsong Deep Orange'

AAS judges noted the intense deep orange flower color that could not be captured by a picture or digital image. The fade-resistant orange flowers make others look more golden than orange. This unique color is one of three desirable, improved traits. The flower size is from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches, and fully double blooms rank among the best of the class. Easy to grow in a 5- to 6-inch pot, plants will flower in about 70 days under short days or 84 days under long-day growing conditions. ‘Moonsong Deep Orange’ plants are vigorous, tolerating stress such as heat or drought. In a full-sun garden, the erect plants will reach about 12-15 inches tall. Over the summer, the old blooms will be covered with green foliage, which keeps the plants looking fresh throughout the growing season. Bred by Syngenta Flowers.

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Cherry'

This interspecific cross between zinnia species results in dependable resistance to leaf spot and mildew diseases. Growers can easily produce ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ flowering plants for spring bedding plants without the fear of plant loss due to these two diseases. Recommended for 4-inch pots or larger, the handsome symmetrical dark green plants produce fully double 2 1/2-inch blooms. The flowers remain attractive for impulse sales at retail stores. Early to bloom in about 8-10 weeks, ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ has fewer inputs and more reliability. Growing in a full-sun garden, this AAS Winner will mature at about 12 inches tall and wide. Heat tolerant in the garden, ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ can be perfectly matched with other sun loving annuals for container plantings. Bred by PanAmerican Seed Co.

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Fire'

Large, 2 1/2-inch, fully double flowers crown these disease-resistant plants. ‘Double Zahara Fire’ has proven leaf spot and mildew resistance linked to the ease of growing in the greenhouse for spring flowering plants and the length of flowering season. There is less risk of plant loss while growing these zinnias under cool, low-light conditions. Gardeners can rely on ‘Double Zahara Fire’ for reliable, season-long performance. Plants will continue to bloom from spring to the end of the growing season, with little garden maintenance. Mature plants will be about 14 inches tall and spread 12 inches. Similar to all zinnias, this AAS Winner will perform best in full sun and thrive on summer heat. ‘Double Zahara Fire’ was bred by PanAmerican Seed Co.

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