Echinacea Purpurea is said to increase the immune system’s ability to fight infections. It is also thought to inhibit certain viruses such as flu and herpes. Historically, Native Americans used Echinacea as an analgesic in the treatment of toothaches, and as an immune system stimulant in the treatment of colds and sore throats.
It is an easy-to-grow herb with rose-purple blooms over summer. The downward pointing petals frame the prominent, orange-tipped cone. Flowers are excellent for cutting. The tough, heat tolerant plants grow to 90cm tall.
SOW: November best but up to January (Cool Climate). Kept at 21°C., germination averages 21-28 days so be patient (storing in fridge with butter or eggs for 5 days prior to sowing helps).