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Scientific Name: Echinacea paradoxa

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Echinacea paradoxa
Echinacea paradoxa
Echinacea paradoxa


  • Perennial
  • Very rare wildflower.
  • Perennial with long narrow, dark green leaves with linear veining.
  • Bears large, daisy-like flowers with drooping yellow petals and very large, coppery-brown to chocolate-brown central cones.
  • Needs full sun and soil pH 6.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline).
  • Divide clumps when they become overcrowded.
  • Plants usually re-bloom without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers improves general appearance.
  • May self-seed if at least some of the seed heads are left in place.
  • Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
  • Deserves a place in both medicinal and ornamental gardens.

Culinary Uses

  • Sprinkle petals in salads and put in summer drinks.

Parts Used

  • Roots, rhizomes and aboveground parts.
  • Harvest mature flowers in midsummer, pick leaves any time.
  • Use fresh.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • All 9 species are medicinally important and all parts of the plant have some activity.
  • Immune-stimulant and anti-viral.
  • It may be used as an anti-microbial anywhere in the body.
  • It activates macrophages, increases white blood cell levels and inhibits the enzyme that causes host cells to break down.
  • Echinacea is often used as a short term immune stimulant (2 weeks maximum), but it is contraindicated in auto-immune system disorders and progressive diseases.

Other Uses

  • Organic fertiliser:
  • Combine with comfrey to prepare a good foliar feed.
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