Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea root has gained a wide reputation as a blood purifier that increases the immune system's ability to fight infections. It is also thought to inhibit certain viruses such as flu and herpes. Historically, Native Americans used Echinacea as an analgesic in the treatment of toothaches, and as an immune system stimulant in the treatment of colds and sore throats.
ECHINACEA PURPUREA Purple Coneflower
Echinacea is an easy-to-grow prairie native with rose-purple, 4″ wide blooms from July to September. The downward pointing petals frame the prominent, orange-tipped cone. Bloom is from July-September, flowers are excellent for cutting. The tough, heat tolerant plants grow to 3′ tall. Echinacea is a favorite flower of the Monarch butterfly. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant Echinacea purpurea
Sow Echinacea seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and cover lightly. Kept at 70°F., germination averages 21-28 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds ⅛″ deep in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 18-24″ apart. Thin to the strongest seedling.
Growing Echinacea: Full sun. Echinacea will tolerate some drought once established; performs better with regular water. Echinacea's purple coneflowers attract bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects, is a long-lasting cut-flower. Plants are deer resistant.