Beautiful purple blooms, highly medicinal native plant
Beautiful daisy-like flower used by the Native Americans of the plains for a wide range of medicinal applications, including treating snake bites, infections, even colds and flus. Perennial coneflower reaching 2' with pale purple flowers on unbranched stems in summer. Germination greatly improved when the seed is kept cool and moist for 3 - 4 weeks. Blooms second spring from seed. Attracts bees, butterflies, and songbirds.Asteraceae Echinacea angustifolia
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 angustifolia is hardy to most temperate zones.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
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- 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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