Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower photo This is the most popularly cultivated Echinacea. It's gardener friendly, grows easily from seed or crown division once you have an established planting. Grouped together, the flowers' large, orange cones contrasting with rose-purple rays provide a dramatic effect from the 4th of July to September. A perennial favorite. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Grow specs: 2-3 feet. Rich soil. Tolerates 50% shade. Stratify 30 days at 41 degrees F. or plant in the fall.

Medicinal uses are the same as for E. angustifolia. Preparations include both above ground parts and roots, which are used most often to stimulate defenses against lingering inflammations and infections.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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