Echinacea 'Milkshake' PP# 20594

The best double white echinacea for the mid-border

Size 30-36” tall by 24-36” wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5(4) – 9
Sun / Shade Full sun.
Soil Average garden soil, well drained.
Moisture moist, but well drained to get established, once established, it is very drought tolerant.
Disease and Pests None known.
Landscape use Mixed border, foundation plantings, mass plantings, urban gardens, cutting gardens.
Market appeal / Uniqueness This could be the best double white echinacea for the mid-border. Milkshake is "regular" sized. It's not tall, it's not dwarf, it's just the right size for all you coneflower traditionalists out there. Blooms are held high on strong, sturdy stems and they do not age until fall. It's as if they are fake flowers.
Propagation Methods Tissue culture, divisions.
Bloom Time Late June for 14 to 16 weeks.

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

The plant is also very sturdy and strong. Each mature plant holds 40-50 blooms (the same ones since early June…) high with great confidence and no sign of flopping. The blooms are the size of Coconut Lime’s , but they are almost true white, with a hint of say, french vanilla milkshake-y-ness. The ray petals are long and drooping and the cone has white to creamy white, double flowers covering the entire surface.

 

Buy your Milkshake NOW from the following mail order nurseries:

Bluestone Perennials

Plant Delights Nursery

White Flower Farm

These two photos are by Richard Hawke from The Plant Evaluation Program of the Chicago Botanic Garden

For Growers

Having trouble finishing the new hybrids in pots?  Here’s some useful growing information from Paul Westervelt of Saunder’s Brothers Nursery in VA.

http://www.greenhousegrower.com/video/plant-culture/v-echinacea-production-tips/