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PlantFiles: Eastern Coneflower, Eastern White Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea 'Meringue'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Meringue
Additional cultivar information: (PP20937; Cone-Fection series)
Hybridized by Blom; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2009

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On Sep 29, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

These are awesome, I had one plant it lived in a place where it was apparrantly very unhappy, nothing but foilage all the time. I moved it in the spring to a raised bed, with less irrigation...It took off and is still blooming this year, I hva edeadheaded reqularly and sis give it some irrigation in the driest of times, but it didn't ask for extra irrigation. Very well behaved clump, it is getting a topdress of worm castings made of horse manure and organic vegetable scraps. Can't wait to see how it looks next year, hopefully I can split the clump and set another beautiful plant in another space in the yard :O)

Neutral ms_greenjeans On Jul 28, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I originally planted 5 of these coneflowers. All but one survived the first winter, but none really thrived. For the next two years I tried moving them here and there, and lost two more in the process. I have two left, and after the third year one of them seems quite happy, and the other is doing almost as well. The happy one really is lovely, has a lot of flowers, and I like it so much that I wish I had better luck with them.

Positive Zone8Gardener On Jul 1, 2010, Zone8Gardener from San Antonio, TX wrote:

This is the best little plant. It is new in my garden this year and is just loaded with flowers that last a really long time. In our alkaline soil and 8b climate, it is pure white, not the white with gold that you see in pictures. It gets so hot here that sometimes full-sun plants do better with half day sun. Meringue gets a half day of sun or less. Mine is only 12" tall but is beautiful and is very showy.

Also in first season, we have Double Delight , Marmalade, and Hot Papaya. We're on the waiting list to get Pineapple Sundae. DD is beautiful and flowering heavily, with about 15 flowers and more forming, but Marmalade only had two spectacular flowers and made no more. Hot Papaya has about 8 flowers with no more forming. All of these look healthy and are near each other, so I don't know why some do better than others. I buy from reputable growers who sell large plants. In our soil, Hot Papaya's color is more red than orange red, and I don't care for the color. However, cone flowers are great plants for June-July interest in 8b, so I'm looking forward to seeing them get bigger next year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sioux Center, Iowa
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Long Branch, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Anderson, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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