Long lasting perennial with striking blooms and highly medicinal
Starlight's 3" flowers have a pretty skirt of vibrant carmine-rose ray petals held almost horizontally around orange centers. These vigorous blooming plants are sensational focal points of the mid-summer garden. Echinacea has gained wide acceptance as a therapeutic herb. Its leaves and roots are processed as an effective immune system tonic to ward off and ease symptoms of colds and flu.Asteraceae Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea is a widespread and diverse genus of plants consisting of nine unique species indigenous to open glades, woodlands, riparian lowlands, prairies, and mountains in North America. The plants are herbaceous perennials, anchored in the soil by either a spreading, fibrous root or a taproot, depending on the species. The roots are tough and earthy-smelling, with crowns that grow woody with age, giving rise to full rosettes of leaves. The leaf shapes may be narrowly lance-shaped and entire or broadly lance-shaped and toothed. Mature plants produce several flowering stalks, sometimes branched, with leaves occurring sparsely up the stem. They are crowned by the magnificent purple flower. Most plants are medicinal and have been used throughout history for a wide variety of ailments.
Purple coneflower is the easiest type of Echinacea to grow, and the most commonly used species for medicinal purposes. Although all parts of the plant have some medicinal value, it is the fresh root that is most practical and effective for home medicine making.
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- Growing Habit
Echinacea purpurea is hardy to all temperate zones.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
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- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot
Echinacea will be most productive in a warm sunny spot, but will tolerate light shade as well as a wide range of weather conditions once it is established.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
There is really no advantage to planting Echinacea in colder soil, so wait until the soil reaches at least 50 ˚F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot)
Echinacea prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade.
Once established, Echinacea only needs to be watered during drought or high heat periods. However, it doesn't hurt to give the plants some water every couple weeks, especially if the soil is dry.
Prefers rich soil.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, High heat
- Small Gardens?
Plant individual plants in 2 to 3 gallon pots, or multiple plants in a narrow planter that is at least 1 1/2' wide. Add gravel to the bottom of the container to encourage draining. Place pots in full sun. Every spring, fertilize your plants and prune back dead flowers and leaves.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
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