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Soil: Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Flowers: The 3″-5″ flower heads have 14-20 drooping petal-like ray flowers, surrounding a rounded center of spiny disk flowers.
Leaves: The rough, coarsely toothed leaves are up to 8″ long and lance-shaped.
This is probably the best known Purple Coneflower. It has been widely used in the garden setting and there are many cultivars that have been derived from this native plant. Our plants are grown from seed and therefore every plant has it’s own unique characteristics. These beautiful, robust looking coneflowers have dark green foliage and showy purple flowers. They are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, and make excellent cut flowers as well!
Medicinal Uses: Today Echinacea is used to boost the immune system. It is believed to ward off colds and the flu but at high doses, the effectiveness decreases. Recent studies show that Echinacea may have anti-inflammatory properties and be useful in a wide variety of areas. Native Americans used Echinacea to treat snakebites, burns, toothaches, colds, sore throat, headache, gonorrhea, mumps, tonsillitis, and smallpox (when mixed with puffball spores and skunk oil). Early settlers used it for almost every ailment. The juice from the plant can prevent burns.
Other Uses: Goldfinches like the seeds.
More Information: Even though this plant is native south and mostly east of Minnesota it seems to be very winter hardy. It will overwinter in gardens even in the extremes of the harsh prairie winter of western MN! Now that’s durable!
Name: Echinacea is from the Greek word for hedgehog. It refers to the spiny chaff in the center of the flower.