Echinacea

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Echinacea Seeds

Immune-boosting beauty

Echinacea purpurea
A stately plant with drooping purple petals.
Widely used as a well-researched all-purpose immune booster. Ornamental with the bonus of attracting and feeding important native pollinators.
Product ID# FL0112

Currently unavailable. We hope to have this item available for order again by March 1st, 2017

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7 to 14 days
Days to Maturity 110 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
Height at Maturity 36 inches
Detailed Product Info

Sometimes Latin can be misleading. Echinos, tha greek word from which Echinacea is derived, means hedgehog or sea urchin. While this descriptor helps paint a picture of the bristly head of this coneflower, it does little to place the plant in space and time. This variety is native to eastern America, noticeably devoid of the aforementioned exotic fauna. The medicinal properties of this perennial native have been know and used for centuries. Although its popularity as a medicinal herb has gone in and out of fashion over the last 10 years, it continues to be widely used as a well researched all purpose immune booster. Echinacea's distinct purple hue and drooping petals have made it a well loved ornamental with the bonus of attracting and feeding important native pollinators. Regardless of the mildly misguided latin allusions, this plant will be at home in your garden for years to come.

Growing Instructions

Perennial. Start very early in a protected spot that experiences some cold. Or, winter sow the seeds in December and then thin to 24" spacing in the spring when the seedlings are 3" high. Plants reach 3-4' high at maturity. Tolerates drought conditions. Grow in full sun or partial shade. Can be propagated by root cuttings and shared with neighbors.