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ECHINACEA purpurea 'Meringue'

Image of Echinacea purpurea 'Meringue' PPAF

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA purpurea 'Meringue' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Eastern Purple Coneflower, Meringue Coneflower, Purple Coneflower

Special Notice

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General Description

Uniquely colored in an apple-green pastel, Meringue purple coneflower is an herbaceous plant that is native to the eastern United States. This cultivar, however, was selected from plants bred in 2006 in The Netherlands. In early to late summer, long, sturdy stems bear light yellow-green daisy flowers with large conical centers of similar yellow-green that look like pompons. Bloom time may be extended if their spent flowers are trimmed off, or deadheaded.

A dependable garden staple, Meringue coneflower self-sows freely but not aggressively. This perennial is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Attractive to butterflies and deer resistant, coneflower is an excellent choice for perennial gardens, mixed borders or wildflower plantings. When dry, its seed-filled cones attract seed-eating birds like goldfinches.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-21" / 40.6cm - 53.3cm

  • Width

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Light Green

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Semi-Double

  • 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, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes