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
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