Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star'
'Happy Star' is a tall growing coneflower with large pure white petals that radiate horizontally from the centre cone.
This is a new seed grown variety that is said to be an improvement on the more common cultivar, 'White Swan' and is the white form of Ruby Star.
Echinacea are plants of the prairie with a reputation for being unreliable. They are very hardy but naturally short lived in the wild but in our climate they can struggle.
Winter wet on the roots combined with misty muggy air sets off rots and fungus like no tomorrow.
Either grow them as annuals or to get them through our winter allow them plenty of air and a very free draining soil enriched with leaf mould.
If your garden has the right soil and aspect then they will flourish for 2-3 years before they become a bit tired and need replacing.
Deep pink, orange centre
Well drained, sand, clay, loam