Echinacea purpurea: Grow your own Immune enhancing herb!
What is echinacea purpurea used for?
Echinacea is big business and probably the herb which sold most in the recent years. No wonder: apart from fighting the common cold, helping your immune system, combating inflammations including reumatoid arthritis, improving mental health, echinacea is one of the herbal remedies for ADHD, studies were undertaken about echincea as a remedy for brain cancer.
What growing conditions does echinacea purpurea like?
Why not grow you own herb cheaply rather than spending big bucks on remedies?
The plants I offer are still small, but big enough to go in the garden.
I must admit, that I myself am growing echinaeas for the first year and I was quite impressed with the boldness of the daisy-like flowers. The purple coneflower is one of the prettiest medicinal plants to grow.
Some growers say that echinaceas are difficult to overwinter, but these articles are written by American authors - they have different winters over there! They recommend to plant them early in the season in a well drained soil and not to mulch heavily during winter.
Overall, this herb is somewhat drought tolerant, likes well drained and neutral soil and prefers fertile loam. Plant in full sun! Might self sow,(not a bad trait with this pretty flower!) but the babies might be hybrids if you have other echinaceas in your garden.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Other common names:
Eastern purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower.
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