Sep 17, 2008

My flowers 1. Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan'

Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan' Common Name: White coneflower
Finnish Name: Valkoinen punahattu
This cultivar of coneflower has white, daisy-like flowers. In my garden it started blooming around the end of July and is still flowering. It has bronze-green cones, which are surrounded by large white petals. Or they are supposed to be white, but this one was more like raw green swan when I took this photo.

I've only got one plant anymore, sadly. I have sown it from seed, which I got from a friend. I had about 6 seeds, but the propagation went somewhat wrong and I got only two seedlings. The other one died, but this one has been growing for two years now. I should probably buy some more, because it's quite attractive.

Noteworthy characteristics: Medicinal. Butterflies and bees love it.

Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 4-8
Height: 60cm
Spread: 45cm