Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpurea)
Other Names - Purple Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower, Rudbeckia, Rudbeckia purpurea.
Origins - North America.
Type - Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 3-10.
Bloom - Summer, Fall.
2 - 5 ft (60 - 150 cm).
Cultivation - Well drained,
neutral, and alkaline, inc. sandy soils. Sunny locations.
Propagation - By division, or by seeds (sow these in deep, rather than shallow pots).
Other - Delicately fragrant, Purple Cone Flower has long been appreciated in medicinal remedies of native American Indians. Today, herbalists still consider it to be one of the most useful plants. Flowers, and roots (fresh, and dried) are said to be effective in improving function of the immune system, and in fighting viral internal, and external infections. Perfect plant to add extra interest in any garden. If you like butterflies, then Purple Cone Flower is a must have plant to enjoy. For white petals, try: Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan', for white petals, and fragrance, try: Echinacea purpurea 'Fragrant Angel', for red petals, try: Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'
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