|Echinacea is one of my favorite plants in the garden and is both decorative and useful.|
Family name: Compositae
Genus and Species: Echinacea purpurea,Echinacea angustifolia
Common Name: Purple coneflower
Growing Conditions: grows in poor, rocky, slightly acidic soil under full sun, but it also thrives in richer soils. E. purpurea grows well here but E. angustifolia, being a prairie plant, does not like our wet winters, even in well drained raised beds. I planted both species from seed in the raised bed seen below at the same time. E. purpurea grew to 3 feet tall with large flowers in three years and E. angustifolia grew to 3 inches with tiny flowers in the same amount of time. I am experimenting with a cover over the E. angustifolia for the winter to see if that helps.
Propagation: from seed or root cuttings, taken in spring or fall; do not cover seeds.
Parts used: E. angustifolia - roots
E. purpurea - roots, aerial parts,including seeds
Harvest: for roots (E. purpurea and E. angustifolia) 3 to 4 year plants; pull them in autumn after the plant has gone to seed; for the whole plant (E. purpurea) harvest when in flower, and the roots when dormant; harvest the seeds for a separate tincture.
E. purpurea (about 2 years old)
in my herb garden
Actions: cleanses blood of toxins and growths, antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic, vulnerary (stimulates healing), and as a stimulant increases, nourishes and/or supports one or more vital systems in the body.