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Echinacea purpurea


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Purple Coneflower       Pkg contains 1 gram or approx. 230 seeds.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun.  An adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil.  Plants usually re-bloom without deadheading, however immediate removal of spent flowers improves general appearance.

Sow the seed at about 1/4" in the early to mid-spring. Keep moist. Once the plants are up, thin to 1 foot spacing after the second set of leaves has formed. Purple Coneflower likes full sun, plenty of water, rich, well drained, and limey soil.

Freely self-seeds if at least some of the seed heads are left in place.  Makes a good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter and, if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches.  Echinacea is derived from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone.

Echinacea has traditionally been used to treat or prevent colds, flu, and other infections. Echinacea is believed to stimulate the immune system to help fight infections.  Less commonly, echinacea has been used for wounds and skin problems.

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