EchinaceaPurple Echinacea is a perennial flowering plant, a distinctive wildflower, widely used as a remedy. The plant blooms in the warm season reach 4' in height.
It comes from North America, and the Greek name of the genus Echinacea is translated as "hedgehog," meaning the spiny seed head of the flower. Echinacea acts as a natural antibiotic and improves the functioning of the immune system.
Echinacea has been used for centuries as a medicine to treat colds, flu, and even to treat skin irritations. In addition, you can use fresh or dried leaves and sweet-tasting echinacea petals to make herbal tea. It relieves stress, regulates blood pressure.
How to grow Echinacea from seeds:
- Sowing: Plant directly in late fall by sowing Рurple Echinacea seeds 1/4 "deep and lightly tamping the soil. Before direct spring sowing, you need to mix the seeds with wet sand, leave them in the refrigerator for 90 days. Keep the soil constantly moist until germination. Thin or transplant the seedlings.
- Plant Spacing: 24″.
- Growing of Purple Coneflower Echinacea: Purple Echinacea does not tolerate drought well and needs sufficient moisture, especially for young seedlings. Always plant on well-drained soil to prevent disease and remove weeds on time. After several yеars of growth, mature plants can be divided in late autumn. This plant attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
- Purple Coneflower Echinacea Soil Requirements for: Average, loamy, well-drained.
- Purple Coneflower Echinacea Days to Germination: 10-20 days.
- Light Preference of Purple Coneflower Echinacea: Full Sun, Part Sun.
- Life Cycle of Purple Coneflower Echinacea: Perennial.
- How and When to Harvest Purple Coneflower Echinacea: Cut only loose flowers, place their stems in water, clean the leaves that fall under the water.
- Purple Coneflower Echinacea Days to Maturity: up to 84 days
- Purple Coneflower Echinacea's Seed Saving: The central cones of the flowers are transformed into spiny seed heads. To keep the seeds away from birds that eat the seeds, they should be harvested as soon as possible. Cut off the seed heads, rub lightly to remove seeds, and store in a cool, dry place.
- Common Names: Eastern Purple Coneflower
- Latin Name: Echinacea purpurea
- Species Origin: US Native Wildflower
- Type: Native Wildflowers
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- USDА Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- US Regions: California, Mountain, Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast
- Seeds per Ounce: 7,700
- Stratification: No Stratification
- Germination Ease: No Stratification
- Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
- Height: 40 Inches
- Color: Pink, Purple
- Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer
- Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant