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PlantFiles: Eastern Coneflower, Eastern White Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea 'Alba'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echinacea (ek-in-AY-shee-a) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Synonym:Echinacea purpurea var. alba
Synonym:Brauneria purpurea
Synonym:Rudbeckia purpurea

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kooger On Aug 26, 2004, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

This coneflower does well in my garden. It is shorter than most of the purple varieties, about 18" tall.

Positive ziekertail On Nov 1, 2003, ziekertail from fort erie, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

I live in Canada and my coneflowers do very well; I have never had any browning, and they flower till the end of september here in Zone 5.

Neutral Abutilon On Jul 26, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Blooms well, but a shorter time than the purple Echinaceas. Flower tips brown if too dry or hot. Slower to increase. But still nice!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
New Haven, Connecticut
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Inwood, Iowa
Benton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Skowhegan, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Haydenville, Massachusetts
Macomb, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Rosemount, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Roswell, New Mexico
Kinderhook, New York
Reading, Pennsylvania
Georgetown, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Essex Junction, Vermont
Springfield, Virginia
Puyallup, Washington
Weston, West Virginia

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