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Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea

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Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea purpurea


  • Perennial
  • Hardy rhizomatous perennial, hairy, ovate-lanceolate leaves.
  • Bears orange-pink daisy-like flowers with a central spiky cone that becomes more pointed as the plant matures.
  • Full sun and drought tolerant.
  • Plant dies down in winter.
  • Can plant in a container.
  • Cover with compost in spring and soak well.

Culinary Uses

  • Sprinkle petals in salads and put in summer drinks.

Parts Used

  • Roots, rhizomes and aboveground parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Natural antibiotic, boost immune system.
  • Anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.
  • Treat Aids and other diseases affecting the auto-immune system.
  • Boils, septicaemia, cancer, syphilis, eczema, ear infections, infections of the respiratory and urinary tract, cold sores, blisters (Herpes simplex virus).
  • Externally:
  • Decoction - treat minor wounds, burns, boils, ulcers, skin inflammations and as a gargle for throat infections.
  • Dilute echinacea vinegar as a gargle and mouthwash for sore gums.
  • Add a dash of echinacea vinegar to the rinsing water after washing the face, to treat acne, oily skin, rashes and spots.
  • Dab onto insect bites.

Other Uses

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