Echinacea purpurea

Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea

Phonetic: Eck-ih-NAY-shu per-per-EE-uh

Common Name(s): Purple Cone Flower

Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Eastern North America
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Persistence: Tender perennial

Leaf Type: Simple, ovate to lanceolate                                                  
Leaf Color: Dark green
Texture:  Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: June-August
Flower Color(s): Purplish pink

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
USDA: 3-8
Growth Rate: Medium to fast                                             
Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 1.5-2 Feet
Hydrozone: 2-3
Soil: Average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil
Tolerance: Drought, deer, clay soil, dry soil
Pest: Japanese beetle, leaf spot, susceptible to aster yellows disease
Use: Massing, border, native garden, natural garden, meadow, wildflower garden, woodland garden, filler, medicinal plant

Medicinal properties: Shortens duration of common cold and flu, and reduces its symptoms such as sore throats (pharyngitis), cough, fever. Many herbalists recommend Echinacea to help boost the immune system and help the body fight infections (source: University of Maryland, Medicinal Center, web)

 

 

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