Echinacea purpurea

Zone: 3-9
Height: 36"

General: A very popular perennial known for its profusion of purple daisy-like flowers. Used for support and stimulation of the immune system. Blooms midsummer through fall. Drought tolerant once established. Great cut flowers.

Culinary Uses: Not really used in cooking but either fresh or dried leaves, petals, stems, roots, and cones can be used to make tea - steep for up to 20 minutes to get the full benefit.

Medicinal Uses: The Native Americans form the plains regions have prized this plant for its medicinal uses for centuries. These include sore throats, urinary disorders, cough, mouth sores, toothaches, skin wounds, and insect bites. Today it is commonly used for treating or preventing colds and flus and for stimulating the immune system.

Ornamental Uses: Beautiful staple in temperate or dry climate gardens. It has pink to purple blooms that reminiscent of daises and a long flowering time. It also attracts many beneficial predatory insects and garden pollinators especially butterflies.

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