Notable for a dashing display of bold, daisy-like cut flowers and an easy-to-get-along-with personality, Echinacea is favored by beginning and experienced gardeners for its colorful yet indestructible nature. Sculpted with prominent raised central cones, the hefty flower heads of this summer-blooming perennial are lifted above the greenery on sturdy stems, which are firm enough to hold them without staking. Native to the eastern and central U.S., the dark green, lanceolate leaves are reminiscent of a close relative, Rudbeckia. Perfect in a perennial border or peppered throughout a meadow garden, Coneflower’s erect stalks complement the more relaxed look of other plants.
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ (P-1021)
Regal as the name implies, large, pure white flowers crest branching, stalwart stems cloaked in handsome dark green foliage. Broad and slightly reflexed, the bright petals achieve a stunning contrast as they skirt each golden-brown boss. With an upright stance, ‘White Swan’ looks simply elegant in the company of Monarda ‘Grand Marshall’ and a dark red Sanguisorba.
Blooms late July–September
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sundown’
- Echinacea Big Sky™ ‘Sunrise’
- Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon™’
- Echinacea pallida
- Echinacea paradoxa
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’
- Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star (Rubinstern)’
- Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’