The cone flower makes a striking show from midsummer through to autumn when many other summer flowers have gone over. It has bold daisy-like flowers that are good for cutting for the house. The cone flower is native to central and northeastern North America growing in prairies and open woodland.
The name comes from the Greek echinos, meaning 'hedgehog' or 'sea urchin' because the daisy flowers have prickly centers. It has a long history among the Natives. The tribes used it to soothe stings and for insect and snakebites. A piece of fresh root was chewed to alleviate toothache. It was also used to help support coughs and colds.
Echinacea is a hardy vigorous upright perennial growing to 4 feet with large, daisy-like magenta or purple flower heads with a prickly orange central cone and lance-shaped leaves, sometimes toothed. It flowers from late summer through autumn. There are nine species. The three main ones are Echinacea purpurea, E. pallida, and E. angustifolia. There are some good cultivars including 'Robert Bloom', which has crimson flowers, and 'White Lustre', with snowy petals and a brown cone.
Grow from seed or divide the roots in spring or autumn. E. purpurea can be sown outside. Plant in sun or dappled shade in light loamy soil.
How to Use
Health-wise,Echinacea is probably one of the most commonly used herbal extracts used today. In Germany the liquid extract is often referred to as "resistance drops," owing to the powerful immune stimulating effect of Echinacea during the winter months.
For all problems relating to infections Echinacea should be the first herb of choice.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
No known toxicities.
If symptoms are severe or persist for more than two days, consult a physician.
Echinacea is contraindicated in those with an auto-immune disease (ie. Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS etc.) or allergies to plants in sunflower family.
Not recommended for preqnant or lactating women or those with allergies to soya.
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