Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’



Echinacea purpurea ‘alba’, also known as white coneflower, is a stunning and sought-after perennial plant. Derived from the native North American species Echinacea purpurea, ‘Alba’ captivates with its striking white petals and distinctive cone-shaped centres. This cultivar, with its daisy-like charm and natural appeal, adds elegance and a touch of serenity to gardens


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Origin: Eastern USA and Canada
Genus: Echinacea
Species / Cultivar: purpurea 'Alba'
Common Name: Coneflower

Plant Biography

Echinacea purpurea ‘alba’, commonly known as white coneflower, is a cultivar of the species Echinacea purpurea. The original species, Echinacea purpurea, is native to North America, particularly the central and eastern regions of the United States. The exact origin of the white-flowered cultivar ‘Alba’ is not well-documented, but it likely originated from natural variations or selective breeding of the purple-flowered Echinacea purpurea.

With the recent rise in popularity of ‘prairie planting’ Echinacea purpurea is enjoying a surge of interest. And understandably – it is a tough perennial with a long season of interest and, when established, incredibly drought tolerant. Coarse leaves fuel the flowers: strong hairy stems carry the ‘cone flowers’, radiating stars of ivory-white with a raised central boss of orange-brown. These make wonderful cut flowers if grown for the purpose, otherwise leave them to adorn the garden for weeks. A single plant in the garden looks great. A drift is incredible. Echinacea purpurea ‘Alba’ is a little shorter than the species.

Echinacea purpurea 'Alba'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1-1.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Cultivating Echinacea purpurea alba, or white coneflower, is straightforward and rewarding. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining, fertile soil, although it can tolerate some shade. During establishment, provide regular watering, but once established, it becomes drought-tolerant. Applying organic mulch helps retain moisture and suppresses weeds. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continuous blooming and prevents self-seeding. Echinacea purpurea alba is generally hardy, but a layer of mulch around the base can protect it during harsh winters.

Echinacea purpurea alba, or white coneflower, typically grows to a height of about 60 to 90 cm. However, the actual height can vary depending on growing conditions and care. This lovely perennial’s compact size makes it a perfect choice for various garden settings.


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