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Narrow Leaf Echinacea

Echinacea angustifolia 

The true medicinal , this variety grows to 5 feet in width and is covered with pale pink to violet 2 inch blooms. Echinacea was widely used by the plains Indians and is still in use today as an anti-bacterial, an immune system stimulant, and as an insecticide.The root of the plant is the primary medicinal contributor.   50 seeds

 

Planting

Perennial , zone 3-7

Germination: 10- 21 days

Seed Planting Depth:1/8"

Starting Indoors/Outdoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Cold treat seed by sowing into moist soil, wrap in a clear plastic bag and place in freezer for 2-3 weeks; then provide light and 70-75 degree soil temperature. Transplant 18-24" apart. Sow outdoors in the spring (cold treating first, place seeds in a sealed bag, put in freezer and pull out after 2-3 weeks), when soil temperature reaches 65-70 degrees. Sow a few seeds 18-24" apart or sow 1-2"  apart in a row then transplant to desired location. 

Light  Needs:  Sun, can handle some shade but puts out less flowers

Soil Needs:  average, well drained 

Uses:  Medicinal, attracts bees and beneficials 

 

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