White Coneflower Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' (Papallo Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
coneflower 'Papallo Compact White'


Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', also known as the white coneflower from the Papallo Series, is an ornamental plant renowned for its striking appearance. It features large, daisy-like flowers that are distinguished by their pure white petals arranged around a prominent, raised central cone. The cone is typically a golden-brown or sometimes pale green color, providing a delightful contrast against the crisp white petals. The foliage of this plant is a deep green, with narrow leaves that have a slightly rough texture, creating a lush backdrop for the showy blooms. The leaves grow from sturdy stems that support the flowers well above the foliage. The white coneflower emits a subtle fragrance that can be a pleasant addition to any garden space. This variety of coneflower is popular for its compact form, making it suitable for gardeners who appreciate the beauty of echinacea but have limited space. The blooms typically appear in summer and can last into early fall, offering a long season of visual interest. The flowers also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, adding an element of liveliness to the garden as these insects forage among the blossoms. In terms of care, the white coneflower is known for its hardiness and ability to withstand a range of conditions, making it an excellent choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners. It thrives when planted in well-drained soil and can tolerate both sunny and partially shaded areas. The plant is generally low-maintenance, requiring minimal additional care once established, which makes it a favored choice for creating naturalistic or wildflower garden styles, as well as traditional flower beds and borders.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      White Coneflower, Compact White Coneflower, Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White'.

    • Common names

      Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' (Papallo Series).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Coneflower, specifically the Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', is generally not considered toxic to humans. It is often used in herbal remedies for its potential immune-boosting properties. However, some individuals may experience allergic reactions if they have sensitivities to plants in the Asteraceae family. If ingested in large quantities, it could theoretically cause gastrointestinal upset or dizziness, but this is rare. It is always important to use caution and consult a healthcare professional before ingesting any plant material for medicinal purposes.

    • To pets

      The Coneflower, which includes the Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', is typically not toxic to pets. This plant is often deemed safe in gardens where pets may roam, and there is no widespread documentation of toxicity in domestic animals such as dogs and cats. If a pet were to ingest a large amount of the plant, it might experience mild digestive discomfort, but such instances are uncommon. As always, it is prudent to monitor pets and prevent them from consuming large amounts of any non-food plants.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' is known for its ease of care and low maintenance requirements, making it ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this plant is very drought-tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Attracts Wildlife: The flowers attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinators, providing a vibrant ecosystem in your garden.
    • Long Blooming: This variety of coneflower has a long blooming season from early to late summer, providing extended visual interest.
    • Compact Growth: Being a compact variety, it is well-suited to smaller gardens or for growing in containers where space is limited.
    • Deer Resistance: Coneflowers are generally resistant to deer, which makes them a great choice for gardens in areas with high deer populations.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: The bright white flowers add contrast to garden settings and can be used effectively in flower borders and as a part of mixed perennial plantings.
    • Hardy Plant: Echinacea is known for its hardiness and can survive in various climates and conditions, making it a reliable perennial choice.
    • Improves Soil Health: As a perennial, it can help with soil structure and health due to its root system which is left in the ground year after year.
    • Non-Invasive: Unlike some other perennials, Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' does not spread aggressively, making garden maintenance easier.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Immune system support: Echinacea is well-known for its properties that may boost immune function.
    • Common cold and flu: Often used to alleviate symptoms and potentially shorten the duration of colds and flu.
    • Anti-inflammatory effects: May help reduce inflammation, which can benefit a range of health conditions.
    • Antioxidant: The plant contains compounds that may act as antioxidants, helping to protect cells from damage.
    • Wound healing: Some components of Echinacea may aid in the healing process of minor wounds.
    • Antimicrobial activity: It may have antimicrobial properties that help in fighting various pathogens.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a soft, creamy hue to textiles when used in the dyeing process.
    • The sturdy stems of the Echinacea can be harvested and used in floral arts such as making wreaths and dried flower arrangements.
    • Gardeners may use Echinacea plants to create a contrasting backdrop for other colorful flowers in a border or flower bed.
    • The plant can be incorporated into sensory gardens due to its textured foliage and the soft touch of its flower petals.
    • You can use Echinacea plants to create a habitat for beneficial insects like bees and butterflies, enhancing pollination in your garden.
    • As an educational tool, Echinacea plants can be used to demonstrate plant growth, pollination, and the lifecycle of perennials to students and young learners.
    • The dried seed heads of Echinacea can be used in crafting, such as making natural jewelry or decorations.
    • Echinacea can be part of a companion planting strategy to deter certain pests naturally in a vegetable or herb garden.
    • The sturdy, upright habit of Echinacea plants makes them suitable as informal garden borders or edges.
    • Gardening enthusiasts might use Echinacea's various growth stages to study and practice plant propagation techniques.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Coneflower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Coneflower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing and Health: As a variety of Echinacea, this plant represents healing due to its medicinal properties, traditionally used by Native Americans and modern herbalists to support the immune system.
    • Purity and Cleanliness: The 'Papallo Compact White' variety, with its pure white flowers, symbolizes purity and cleanliness, often reflective of an unblemished and virtuous spirit.
    • Strength and Resilience: Echinacea plants are known for their hardiness and ability to withstand harsh conditions, symbolizing inner strength, resilience, and the ability to cope with adversity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Coneflowers, such as the Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', require even moisture, particularly when they're young and establishing roots. It's best to water deeply and infrequently, aiming for about 1 inch of water per week, either from rainfall or supplemental watering. During hot, dry spells, you might need to water twice a week, but always check the soil moisture first; overwatering can lead to root rot. Use a soaker hose or water at the base of the plants to keep the foliage dry and prevent fungal diseases. Adjust the amount slightly up or down depending on your soil conditions and climate but avoid shallow, frequent waterings to encourage deep root growth.

  • sunLight

    Coneflowers thrive in full sun, so it's ideal to provide the Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' with at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. They can handle some light shade, especially in the afternoon, but too much shade can result in weaker stems and fewer flowers. Place them in a spot where they can bask in the morning sun, which dries the dew on leaves and helps prevent fungal diseases.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Coneflowers are hardy and can endure a wide range of temperatures. The ideal growing conditions for Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White' are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate some frost. During the active growing season, maintaining a stable environment within this range will promote healthy growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    For Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', pruning helps to maintain plant vigor and promote more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage more flowering and prevent self-seeding if desired. In late winter or early spring, cut back the entire plant to about 4 inches to promote healthy new growth. Divide the plants every few years in early spring to rejuvenate and prevent overcrowding.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the best results with the White Coneflower (Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White'), use a well-draining soil mix consisting of garden loam, compost, and perlite or coarse sand. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Amend the soil with organic matter to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.

  • plantRepotting

    The White Coneflower generally does not require frequent repotting; it is typically repotted once every 2-3 years. The best time for repotting this perennial plant is in the spring just before new growth starts. Ensure that the new pot is only slightly larger than the old one.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The White Coneflower thrives in outdoor environments and does not have specific humidity requirements inside its hardiness zones. It can tolerate a wide range of humidity levels and is quite adaptable in this regard.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in a sunny spot with well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-draining soil, space 18 inches apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', commonly known as Coneflower, begins its life cycle when seeds are sown in moist soil and germinate, typically requiring stratification to break dormancy. Seedlings emerge and grow into vegetative plants with characteristic dark green leaves, forming a basal clump. As the plant matures, it develops strong stems topped with large, daisy-like white flowers with a central cone, usually blooming in mid to late summer. After flowering, pollination occurs, often with the help of insects, leading to seed development. The plant then enters a period of senescence in late fall, where above-ground parts die back with the onset of cold temperatures while the root system remains viable. With spring's arrival, the plant breaks dormancy, regrows from the rootstock, and the cycle begins anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Echinacea 'Papallo Compact White', commonly known as Coneflower, is typically propagated through division due to its clumping nature. The best time for this method is in the spring or fall when the plant is not in full bloom. Division involves carefully digging up an established clump and gently separating it into smaller clumps, ensuring that each new section has a portion of the root system intact. These divisions can then be replanted in a well-prepared garden bed or potting mix, spaced approximately 1 to 2 feet apart (30 to 60 cm) to allow for growth and air circulation, which will help prevent disease. Water the new plantings thoroughly to establish root growth and continue with regular care to promote healthy development.