Echinacea purpurea is commonly believed to be a medicinal aid in the treatment and prevention of colds and flu.  Unfortunately this myth all came about when in the 1930’s a Swiss Herbalist was told incorrectly that it was used by the Native Americans to fight colds.  Whether it works for you or not Coneflowers are a beautiful specimen to have in any perennial gardens. Daisy-like flower heads with a prominent spiky center disk it’s botanical name is appropriately derived from the Greek word for Sea Urchin.

Coneflowers come in more colours than the popular purple and should be divided every 3-4 years in the Fall.


Echinacea sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 2-4′
  • Width: 1-2′
  • Bloom Time: Summer to early Fall
  • Bloom Colour: Purple, white, pink, cream, yellow, orange
  • Foliage Colour: Dark green
  • Pests and Disease: Caterpillars, Japanese beetles
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Fragrant, cut flowers, attracts butterflies and birds, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 3-9

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