How to Grow Coneflower (Echinacea)

Coneflower (Echinacea) is a beautiful perennial herb with daisy-like flowers. Native to central and north-eastern North America, it is a prairie and open woodland growing plant. As well as growing it for its beauty, it has much medicinal use and it is included in many herbal extracts.

Steps

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    Choose to grow from seed or root division. If choosing root division, divide the roots in spring or autumn.
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    Select a suitable part of the garden. Echinacea likes light, loamy soil. While it likes full sun, it will also tolerate dappled shade. Also ensure that the site is open and airy as echinacea is prone to mildew; look for the hot, dry spot in the garden.
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    Water regularly. The soil should be kept moist.
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    Harvest. The roots and rhizomes can be harvested in autumn/fall. If using in tinctures, you'll need to dry the root or rhizome first.
    • This plant will self-seed readily provided it had adequate mid-summer watering.

Tips

  • Echinacea extract can be purchased from pharmacies.
  • Echinacea has been used medicinally for centuries, including for healing weeping wounds, boils, and abscesses.
  • There are nine species of Echinacea; three of these are used medicinally (E. angustifolia, E. purpurea, and E. pallida).
  • Medicinal herbs tend to be perennial.
  • Echinacea is able to reduce the severity and duration of colds.[1]

Warnings

  • Heavy clay soils or constantly damp soils will harm the growth of Echinacea.

Things You'll Need

  • Coneflower seeds or cuttings
  • Digging tools
  • Watering supplies

Sources and Citations

  • Murdoch Books, Growing Herbs, p. 111, (2006), ISBN 978-1-74045-870-2 – research source
  • Caroline Foley, Jill Nice, and Marcus A Webb, New Herb Bible, p. 69, (2001), ISBN 1-875169-92-X – research source
  1. James Wong, Grow your own drugs, p. 186, (2009), ISBN 978-1-60652-119-9

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