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Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea, Purple Coneflower
Asteraceae – Aster family
Grows up to 3' high
Leaves are lance shaped, stiff, and hairy. Flowers with prominent cone shaped disk surrounded by pale to deep purple spreading rays. Plant flowers in June through September. Rays are about as long as the width of the disk.
Plant flowers in June through September
Flowers with prominent cone shaped disk surrounded by pale to deep purple spreading rays. Rays are about as long as the width of the disk.
Dry open woods, prairies and barrens, as well as cultivated beds. Prefers loamy or sandy, well-drained soils. Unable to grow in the shade, E. purpurea thrives in either dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought, once established.
Root, Whole Plant
Wild Food Uses:
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Roots chewed or in teas used for treating snake bites, spider bites, cancers, toothaches, burns, hard to heal sores and wounds, colds and flue. Commonly used to treat the immune system. Echinacea has also been used to alleviate cold symptoms. It is has also been shown to have anti-depressant properties in white mice.