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Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' (purple coneflower)

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan'

purple coneflower

'White Swan' is not as cold hardy or vigorous as its common purple relative, but it makes up for this with its unique, beautiful, pure white flowers. A tall plant with large, dark green leaves and a large, 3-4" flower with white, broad, silky petals that surround a dark brown/bronze cone. Plants are tough and heat and drought tolerant once established. Their roots have famous medicinal qualities, they make great, long lasting, cut flowers and attract numerous butterflies and small birds.

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Height

2-3 Feet

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

purple coneflower Interesting Notes

'White Swan' is a bit more sophisticated than its pink sister. An eye catching mid summer bloomer boasting white daisies with bronze-orange cones, it begs to be included in more daring color schemes.

The prominent, bristly seed heads of Echinacea inspired the generic name of the plant, taken from the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog.

Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Full sun in well drained soils. Does not benefit from additional fertility.

Good Substitutions

coneflower Echinacea purpurea
yellow purple coneflower Echinacea paradoxa
purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Summer
Summer
Songbird-friendly
Songbird-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Pollinator-friendly
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Hummingbird-friendly
Hummingbird-friendly
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Average
Well-Drained
Dry
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Attributes
Edible
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar