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Purple Cone Flower / Echinacea -Seeds

Purple Cone Flower / Echinacea -Seeds Image

Our Echinacea have flowered all through spring, summer and autumn.
They will die down over winter then rise again in early spring. Feed well to encourage flower.
The root may be harvested when the plant is about 2-3 years old depending on how well you have looked after the plant.
Sow Echinacea seeds in late spring or at a temperature of at least 13° C to germinate.
Plant out in an area that you wish to leave them undisturbed for many years.
Water and mulch well but take care not to disturb the roots too much.
Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea angustifolia are an important medicinal herb to have in your garden.
Not only is it a pleasure to grow, its uses are limitless. We use the roots of Echinacea to stimulate the immune system and promote healing.
Echinacea's most common use is to ward off the onset of the common cold and to alleviate the effects of a sore throat. Parts Used: Roots and leaves of a two year old plant.

Echinacea purpurea
Seed is now available only from our new, secure shop at

Degree of difficulty in germination.....4/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Plants are often available under 'Live Plants'.

Echinacea Purpurea herb

Echinaceae purpureae herba
Published March 2, 1989
Name of Drug
Echinaceae purpureae herba, purple coneflower herb.
Composition of Drug
Purple coneflower herb consists of fresh, above-ground parts, harvested at flowering time, of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

Supportive therapy for colds and chronic infections of the respiratory tract and lower urinary tract.
External use:
Poorly healing wounds and chronic ulcerations.
None known.
Progressive systemic diseases, such as tuberculosis, leucosis, collagenosis, multiple sclerosis.
No parenteral administration in case of tendencies to allergies, especially allergies to members of the composite family (Asteraceae), as well as in pregnancy.
Warning : The metabolic condition in diabetics can decline upon parenteral application.

Side Effects
Internal and external application:
None known.
Parenteral application:
Depending upon dosage, short-term fever reactions, nausea and vomiting can occur.
In individual cases, allergic reactions of the immediate type are possible.
Interactions with Other Drugs
None known.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Daily dosage:
6 - 9 ml expressed juice;
equivalent preparations.

Depends on individual kind and seriousness of condition as well as specific nature of the preparation. Parenteral application requires a gradation of dosage, especially for children; the manufacturer is required to show this information for the particular preparation.

Semi-solid preparations containing at least 15 percent pressed juice.
Mode of Administration
Pressed juice and galenical preparations for internal and external use.
Duration of Administration
Preparations for parenteral use:
Not longer than 3 weeks.
Preparations for internal and external use:
Not longer than 8 weeks.
In human and/or animal experiments, Echinacea preparations given internally or parenterally have produced immune effects. Among others, the number of white blood cells and spleen cells is increased, the capacity for phagocytosis by human granulocytes is activated, and the body temperature is elevated.