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