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Echinacea - Live Plant

Echinacea - Live Plant

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Description

This seed-grown perennial plant is available in a 3.5” pot, established in a chemical-free environment. They are now completely ready to settle down in their new homes and produce exquisite purple hermaphrodite blossoms this summer. Its roots can be harvested 2-3 years after its establishment in the ground for medicinal purposes. 

What do I need to grow to set myself up for success growing Echinacea?

Successful growth of Echinacea hinges on proper water, light, and soil management. Recommend sun light for Echinacea is full sun.

Echinacea does best in well-drained, sandy soil, if you are growing in a pot, potting mix is a fine alternative.

Take into account the eventual size of Echinacea. It's recommended to give them 18-24 inches of space between each plant, as they can spread to 18-24 inches in diameter and reach heights of up to 24-48 inches.

While Echinacea usually blooms summer to fall, it's worth noting that flowering might be delayed until the second year, depending on when it's planted.

How can I use with Echinacea?

The roots, flowers of the plant has long been used to produce tea, tincture, reflecting the diverse benefits attributed to Echinacea over time.

About Echinacea

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is a perennial herbaceous plant known for its recognizable hermaphrodite purple coneflowers, which have a relaxing effect on the spirit. It was employed by Native American tribes as a treatment for cold prevention and symptoms. 

The spherical head on the seed gave rise to the name "Echinacea," which many tribes have used over the years because of its potential to treat a variety of health issues. It is now known that this long-used medicinal herb also has anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunostimulant, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, and anticancer properties. Moreover, it works well in calming irritated skin.

How to Use Echinacea

  • Tincture: Freshly chopped or dried echinacea flowers, leaves, and roots are macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, fresh or dried echinacea leaves, flowers, and roots are steeped for around 5 minutes to make tea.
  • Salve: Dried echinacea leaves and flowers make a great antiallergic salve when combined with olive oil and melted beeswax.
  • Vinegar infusion: Dried echinacea leaves and flowers are soaked in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the process, to form echinacea vinegar.

Echinacea - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Echinacea an annual or perennial plant?

Echinacea is an herbaceous perennial, native to eastern and central North America. It belongs to the daisy family and is grown as a medicinal plant due to its massive actions, such as anti-allergy, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunostimulant, antibacterial, antiviral, and analgesic.

 

How much space should be needed to grow Echinacea?

Echinacea can grow 2-3 feet wide so they require at least 5 feet of diameter around them to prosper properly.

 

What zone does Echinacea grow in?

Echinacea is hardy in USDA growing zones 4-9. 

  • For indoor settings, the soil temperature should be at least 65°F. 
  • For outdoor settings, plant echinacea inspiring or early summer, preferably a month before the last frost date.
When should I harvest Echinacea?

Echinacea roots are best harvested 2-3 years after their establishment in the garden beds. For flowers, pluck them in the fall to enjoy the best of their therapeutic perks. On the other hand, its leaves can be harvested at any time of the year during morning hours.

Does Echinacea flower or fruit?

Echinacea produces exquisite purple flowers that are pollinated by wind, animals, and other media to produce fruits, which are usually avoided due to their tongue-tingling sensation. 

 

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