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ECHINACEA purpurea 'White Lustre'

Image of Echinacea purpurea 'White Lustre'

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ECHINACEA purpurea 'White Lustre'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Purple Coneflower

Special Notice

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General Description

Upright, sturdy stems hold the white flowers of the White Lustre purple coneflower in summertime. Dating to the mid-20th century, this white-flowering selection was introduced by Carroll Gardens in Westminster, Maryland. Purple coneflower is an eastern North American wildflower. The petals of 'White Lustre' are angelic white and arch downward, surrounding a bronze-orange cone. If the old flowers are promptly cut away, or deadheaded, additional flowering occurs and can be extended well into late summer or early autumn.

White Lustre purple coneflower is happiest when planted in sites with full sun and well-drained moderately fertile garden soil; do not worry about fertilizing for best flowering. The blooms make great cutflowers, attract butterflies, and the dry seedheads feed seed-eating birds in winter. Even better, deer don't munch on it in the garden. It’s a tough, versatile perennial perfect for well-tended borders and wildflower plantings alike.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    21"-30" / 53.3cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Orange, Bronze

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes