|Size||18-20" tall by 18-20" tall|
|USDA hardiness Zones||5(4) - 9|
|Sun / Shade||full sun Soil: average garden soil, well drained|
|Moisture||moist, but well drained to get established, once established, it is very drought tolerant|
|Disease and Pests||none known|
|Landscape use||Foundation plantings, front or middle of the border, urban gardens, containers|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Echinacea purpurea ‘Meringue' is a stout and sturdy plant, growing to only 18" tall and 16-18" wide, this new coneflower will have you dreaming of light, foamy meringue peaks on top of a lemon cream pie.|
|Bloom Time||Early July for 8 to 12 weeks|
This new selection was bred by Arie Blom of The Netherlands. Meringue has apple-green disk flowers that elongate to form creamy yellow tubular flowers surrounded by crisp white ray petals.
Why should you grow and sell another coneflower?
Well…Meringue is quite different from what’s on the market. It is a dwarf, double white that re-blooms as much as ‘Pink Double Delight’. Last year, in nursery trials, it was a stellar performer. A test block of 25 one gallons in full bloom were very uniform in appearance, had consistent bloom counts and stiff sturdy stems that made for quite the boxy little selection.
In my garden, I cut 3 dozen blooms from 3 plants to display at the PPA and still had blooms on the plants. The plants are still blooming strong and they’ve been in bloom nonstop since late June – much like Pink Double Delight. Unlike Pink Double Delight, this new selection from Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars, is strong and upright, with thick, deep green leaves much more indicative of the species.
The blooms begin pure white and age to a greenish-white similar to the color of ‘Coconut Lime’. Compared to Coconut Lime, the blooms are much smaller and there’s many more of them and like I said, they open pure white. The ray petals are much shorter and the pompom is more compact. The plant is a bit shorter as well.
Arie’s quest for dwarf, more floriferous coneflowers with pompon-like blooms resulted in this amazing new introduction. Prefect for smaller spaces or mid-border placement, Meringue will light up the evening in any garden with it’s glowing white petals. This plant has continuously bloomed from July to September in many garden settings.
Echinacea Purpurea ‘Meringue’ is like icing or better yet delicious meringue… on the top of your garden!
Having trouble finishing the new hybrids in pots? Here’s some useful growing information from Paul Westervelt of Saunder’s Brothers Nursery in VA.