Common Name: Coneflower
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: : 3 to 8
Height: 18 to 24 inches
Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Bloom Time: June to August
Blooms: White with green center cone
Foliage: Medium green, Narrow-ovate leaves (to 4 1/2” long) with irregularly serrated margins
Features: Fragrant, Attracts Butterflies & Birds, Deer & Drought Resistant, Good Cut & Dried Flower.
'Virgin' is a compact white-flowered coneflower that typically grows in an upright clump on sturdy, well-branched stems that do not need staking. Flowers appear in a floriferous bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. Each flower (to 4 1/2" diameter) features a double row of bright, white rays that are perpendicular to the stem. Rays surround a domed, green center cone. Flowers have a mild, sweet fragrance. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones may be visited by goldfinches or other birds that feed on the seeds.
Border fronts, rock gardens or part shade areas of open woodland gardens. Best in groups or massed. Attractive specimen/accent.
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants rebloom well without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance.
No serious insect or disease problems.