Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’

white coneflower

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Outstanding Qualities

Unusual white flowers top this choice coneflower selection. Profuse blooms cover this deciduous perennial from mid-summer to early fall. It is a bold, sturdy perennial that stands out in the late summer garden with dramatic daisy-like flowers with a large orange cone-shaped center contrasting against its pure white petals. A long flowering perennial, use it in combination with other late season delights. Its pale colors play well off other paler hues, like the fine white streaked foliage of Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'. Add it to the riot of colors in the herbaceous border to help cool hotter tones. It is an excellent combination plant with hardy geraniums, tall campanulas and asters.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weateher

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: variegated, purple, pink

Great Color Partners: gold, cream, white, silver

Culture Notes
Purple cone flower requires a location in full sun and rich sandy to well-drained soil. Once established it will only need occasional watering during dry weather. Although it can tolerate clay, very wet winters can rot out the crown and severely damage or kill the plant. Remove spent blooms to encourage flowering through early fall.