Playful Meadow Mama Coneflower

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Coneflowers are native American perennials that have lit up the Mid-Western prairies for centuries in yellows, browns, and purples. Recently, breeders have been coaxing out amazing shades of red, orange, lavender, and coral!

Now there is a truly unique new color and form in this exquisite native flower. Playful Meadow Mama Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Playful Meadow Mama') is a raspberry pink bloom with curled white tips like berries dipped in cream! The central cone is deep red which makes a surprising and lovely counterpoint to the striking and highly unusual petals.

The Meadow Mama series of Coneflowers are slightly taller than other Echinacea and are super floriferous! The fantastic branching and coarse green leaves form strong mounds and the blooms keep popping from summer until fall! Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 9, these smaller perennial Coneflowers are fast-growing and very adaptable!

With a sweet scent, you'll enjoy these beauties throughout your landscape all summer until autumn! If you leave the Coneflower seed heads on the plant at the end of the season, they will provide winter interest and food for native songbirds.

Planting and Application:

They are perfect for mixed borders or massed plantings, winding through Cottage Gardens, Rock Gardens, and even container gardens in the sun! Their flower power will amaze you! They are excellent for your sunny garden and they make perfect potted plants in your favorite container with your favorite annuals and perennials.

Plant plenty to cut and bring inside or share with your neighbors! Otherwise, plant groupings for your birds and the bees! Pollinator gardens, Cutting Gardens, and Coneflowers go hand in hand! Not only will you and your neighbors enjoy these beauties every year, but they attract pollinators like...well...bees to honey!

The smaller form means courtyard gardens, smaller planting beds, and even balcony gardens can enjoy these unusual Coneflower blooms! Use these late-season flowering ornamentals as edging along garden beds, or in high-profile areas to attract all the attention!

  • Unique Pink Petals With White Curled Tips
  • Raised Red Spiky Centers
  • Gorgeous Cut Flowers!
  • Vigorous & Well-Branched
  • Pollinators & Hummingbirds! & Seedheads Attract Songbirds
  • Vivid Flowers Summer Til Frost!
  • Bright Specimens, Accents, Edging, Massing & Vibrant Potted Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These herbaceous perennials thrive in hot and sunny sites! Best in full sun, Echinacea are hardy, tolerant, and drought-tolerant once established. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster and access to yearly fertility to keep the blooms popping! While not particular on soil type, Echinacea does great in most soil types as long as they are well-drained! Provide moderate, yet consistent moisture for new plants, then afterward, they only need supplemental moisture during prolonged heat and drought or risk seeing reduced flowering and vigor. All plants can be kept stress-free with a 3-4-inch layer of arborist mulch.

Divide perennial clumps about every 3 to 4 years. This Coneflower usually reblooms without deadheading, but if spent flowers are removed, this will encourage continued beautiful blooms and improve general appearance. If you leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall their seeds provide winter food for birds. You can enjoy the dried seed heads as well because they will provide architectural interest in the winter.

  • Full Sun Perennial
  • Moderate Fertility & Moisture Access
  • Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Drought Tolerant & Deer Resistant
  • Easy-to-Grow, Heat & Humidity Tolerant

It's simple to add some easy-care color to your borders, beds, and containers this year. Buy the unique curled-petalled Playful Meadow Mama Coneflower from Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Playful Meadow Mama Coneflower Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Echinacea purpurea 'Playful Meadow Mama'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 20 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Curled Raspberry Petals Fade to White
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes