Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea  'White Swan'

Common Name: Coneflower
Genus: Echinacea
Species: purpurea
Cultivar: 'White Swan'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, White, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Bold white daisy-like flowers with drooping petals that reveal burnished orange-brown centres appear on stiff stems from June to September. This white coneflower is shorter than many other varieties making it a valuable addition to the middle of a border. It is a tough plant and like other coneflowers is long-flowering and will cope well with adverse weather conditions except drought. Try it dotted through the middle of a sunny mixed border or in bold drifts among grasses where it will extend the season of interest. It is attractive to bees and butterflies and birds will flock to the seedheads.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. In autumn cut back all dead flower stems to the ground. Coneflowers benefit from a spring or autumn mulch with well-rotted compost.

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