Echinacea angustifolia seed
‘Narrow-leaved Purple Coneflower’
Asteraceae: a perennial
Echinacea is one of the world’s most important medicinal. Research shows that it has the ability to raise the body’s resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It is also antibiotic and helps to relieve allergies. Plants in this genus were probably the most frequently used of all North American Indian herbal remedies. They had a very wide range of applications and many of these uses have been confirmed by modern science. The root has adaptogen, alterative, antiseptic, depurative, digestive, sialagogue properties.
Sow seeds in spring, just lightly cover them with soil. Germinates in 1 – 2 weeks, some lots need 6 – 8 weeks cold. Prefers a deep rich loam with plenty of leafmold and a sunny position. Protect from slugs and snails.