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ECHINACEA (PIXIE MEADOWBRITE™)

Image of Echinacea 'Cbg Cone 2' (PIXIE MEADOWBRITE™) PP18546

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA 'Cbg Cone 2'(PIXIE MEADOWBRITE™) PP18546

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Coneflower

General Description

A compact, prolifically blooming purple coneflower, this Chicago Botanic Garden introduction is a hybrid of three echinacea species. For many weeks in summer, this hardy herbaceous perennial bears medium-sized daisies with perky horizontally held rose-pink petals surrounding a large orange-brown "cone." The blooms draw flocks of butterflies. The petals drop after withering, leaving the seed-bearing cone. The rough, lance-shaped, dark green leaves are narrower than those of "standard" purple coneflowers. Plants will flower a bit longer if their spent heads are promptly removed, but gardeners often leave them to feed the birds and to provide winter interest.

Coneflowers require full to partial sun and prefer average to fertile soil with even moisture and ample drainage. Most self-sow readily. Perfect for garden niches that are too small for full-sized purple coneflowers, this is an ideal plant for sunny flower borders, butterfly gardens, or wildflower plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Width

    0"-24" / 0.0cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Dried Flower/Everlasting, Foundation, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes