White coneflower

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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White coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan')
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Genus:  Echinacea

This cultivar of a native meadow coneflower has white, daisy-like flowers from early summer into early autumn. Its prominent, coppery-green, central cones are surrounded by large white ray petals that reach 4.5 inches long.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Medicinal. Attracts butterflies, bees, and birds in winter if cones are left on plant. 

Care: 

Grow in deep, well-drained soil in full sun. It is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity, and poor soils. Cut back stems to promote more flowering and reduce excessive self-seeding. Deadheading prolongs flowering.

Propagation: 

Sow seed at 55°F in spring. Divide clumps in spring every 3 to 4 years. Take root cuttings from autumn to early winter.

Problems: 

Leaf miners, powdery mildew, bacterial spots, and gray mold. Vine weevils may feed on roots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Song Birds,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan'