Strikingly beautiful flowers. Herbaceous perennial. Derived strain from rare, wild collection, not modified or hybridized in any way from original source. This species adapts to a wide array of growing conditions. No stratification needed
Echinacea is thought to support the immune system by activating white blood cells. Three major groups of constituents may work together to increase the production and activity of white blood cells (lymphocytes and macrophages), including alkylamides/polyacetylenes, caffeic acid derivatives, and polysaccharides. More studies are needed to determine if and how echinacea stimulates the immune system in humans.
Echinacea may also increase production of interferon, (natural proteins produced by immune system cells) an important part of the body’s response to viral infections. Several double-blind studies have confirmed the benefit of echinacea for treating colds and flu. Recent studies have suggested that it may not be effective for the prevention of colds and flu and should be reserved for use at the onset of these conditions.
Sow in spring
Full sun to part shade
Plant 1 foot apart
Flowers 3 to 4 feet tall