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White Swan Coneflower

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Heat and drought tolerant, this easy to care for selection features elegant pure white petals, surrounding a large coppery-brown central cone; vigorous growth, great for borders, beds or wildflower and cutting gardens

Characteristics

Species:
purpurea
Other Species Names:
Purple Coneflower
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches (32 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Echinacea
Cultivar:
White Swan
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
white
Flower Eye Color:
brown
Flower Form:
daisy
Flower Fragrance:
medium
Flower Period:
from mid summer to mid fall
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

White Swan Coneflower has masses of beautiful lightly-scented white daisy flowers with brown eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

White Swan Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

White Swan Coneflower will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

White Swan Coneflower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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