White Cone Flower

Grower's Comments: A wonderful plant that is easy to grow

3 to 4 feet; may need to be staked

USDA Zone 3 to USDA Zone 8

Slightly pointed, alternate

'Sun Flower' top, white, mature petals slightly recurved

Perennial, not evergreen

None r eally needed

None noted

  Drought Tolerant
  Full Sun
  Poor Soil


Echinacea was the number one cold and flu remedy in the United States until it was displaced by sulfa antibiotics. Ironically, antibiotics are not effective for colds, while echinacea appears to offer some real help.



Echinacea, popularly known as cone flower, has created a sensation among those who like to dabble in herbal health. German medical studies have proven that echinacea does indeed boost the immune system, and is useful in treating a number of common ailments. The good news for gardeners is that echinacea is not only useful, it's also a beautiful addition to your perennial beds and borders, and is hardy even in very cold climates. The only thing echinacea can be somewhat fussy about is too much moisture. It likes a fairly dry soil, and should never have to sit very long with it's roots in wet, soggy soil. Echinacea plants are good about self sowing as long as you leave a few of the last flowers to dry up naturally. When weeding the garden in spring, watch for tiny cone flower seedlings. They can be nurtured where they are, but since Mother Nature doesn't always plant her seeds exactly where we want them, you will probably want to move them to a better location.