The smallest Echinacea, this perennial is native
to prairies and loves an alkaline soil, but has been known to thrive
in beds with appropriate pH. Seeds need to be stratified for germination
and do well planted in the fall in areas where there is a cold winter.
Grow specs: 2-3 feet. Alkaline soil. Full sun. Stratify:
90 days, 41 degrees F. or plant in fall.
Because it is considered to stimulate the immune system
in a non-specific way, it is being used in a wide range of immune
system disorders. These include: colds and flus, infections, hard
to heal wounds and sores as well as spider and snake bites. (Photo
© Steven Foster)