Echinacea - Coneflower
Echinacea - Coneflower
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|Temperature (C):||20 - 25|
|Blooms:||July to September|
|Site:||Full Sun or Part Shade|
|Height (cm):||90 - 95|
|Spread (cm):||25 - 30|
A bouquets sweet scent fills a room and the birds love the seed heads in winter garden. Echinacea is reputed to increase the bodies resistance to infection and colds. Scented, deer resistant,drought tolerant and attracts beneficial insects. Striking purple daisy like flowers with orange and golden brown central cones. A very frost hardy plant that likes full sun and fertile soil and will provide abundant cut-flowers once established. Deer resistant once established.
Sow 2 mm deep.Germination is 7 to 21 days. Sometimes Echinacea appreciates a damp cold period to break dormancy, but we refrigerate all of our seed that requires this type if stratification.
Echinacea does best in a sunny position with loamy, well-drained soil. Ehcinacea will tolerate some shade,is drought tolerant and deer resitant.It can be grown in cooler climates in pots or in a micro-climate that provides warmth and shelter. (eg:) Against the south wall of your house.Urban areas may be a FULL Hardiness Zone warmer than rural areas just a few miles away. Urban areas tend to have less extreme low temperatures than the surrounding countryside. Buildings and paved surfaces absorb heat during the day, then radiate it back into the air at night, reducing the chances of frost and moderating low temperatures during winter. Buildings also offer protection from wind in many places.
Echinacea is a popular, long lived perennial plant native to North America. 14 different Native Amercican tribes were said to have used this plant for many of their healing rituals. Echinacea purpurea is the most commonly used for medicinal purposes, due to an error made by Dr. Gerhard Madaus a medicine manufacturer, who came to America to collect the species Echinacea angustifolia, but brought the seeds purpurea by mistake.
The American Natives are credited for the discovery of the part of the plant the proved to be beneficial in medicinal applications. Echinacea has antiseptic properties useful in boosting the immune system and purifying the blood. Excellent as a herbal tea during cold and flu season.However,people suffering from autoimmmune diseases are advised against taking echinacea internally. Echinacea remedies should not be take for more than eight weeks at a time.Echinacea can be used externally for to aid in healing inflamed skin or assist wounds that are not healing correctly.