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Echinacea
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Echinacea
Interesting Facts

Although a study documented in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown "no clinically significant effects" of Echinacea extract, many people believe it stimulates the immune system. It does have some serious contraindications, so make sure to mention it, like any herbal treatment, to a doctor when questioned about current medications.

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Echinacea   Paradiso (Echinacea x hybrida)

A showy summer planting for a carnival of color. Burpee Exclusive. Our own blend of the full spectrum of colors and bloom types of Echinacea brings divine color harmony to any garden. We've included several different species so that you get bursts of colors in pink, purple, wine, yellow, cream, and all shades in between. A delight of surprising bloom forms, too, some with full upright petals and others displaying spooned or recurved petals. Makes a showy summer planting for a carnival of color, ideal as a backdrop for a mass planting of purple petunias or pink vinca. Snip an armfull to bring indoors, too.

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Plant Types: Perennial
Light: Full Sun
Height: 2 feet 6 inches
Zones: 4a to 9b
Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Purple, White, Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall
Fertilizer: Composted Yard Trimmings, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care
Planting:

Propagate via root cuttings, seed or transplanting self-sown plants. Stratification will help the seeds to germinate, but seeds collected from home-grown plants may still be difficult. Since the plants tend to clump, they can be divided and transplanted. Division entails propagating a plant by splitting it into 2 or more parts. Each part has its own root system and more than one shoot or dormant bud.

Harvesting:

Blooms are good cut flowers. The root, used herbally, is harvested during the dormant season after a couple of years of growth.

Plant Growth:

Coneflowers do well in the garden or in pots. The long stalks on which the flowers develop make these plants good candidates for cut-flowers. They perform very well in heat. Can tolerate minimal shade. Works well in a herbaceous border or open woodland.

Blooming:

Generally blooms over a long period of time throughout the summer and may continue until frost. Flowers are slightly fragrant. Deadhead to lengthen flowering period.

Soil and Irrigation:

Echinacea does best in deep, well-draining soil that is humus-rich. Water regularly, although they need less watering once established.

Fertilization:

A high-quality fertilizer or compost may be helpful until your Echinacea are established.

Pruning:

Cut back stems well after flowering to prevent excessive self-seeding and to promote more growth.

Pests:

Roots are susceptible to vine weevils. Leaf miners can also cause problems. Other issues include powdery mildew, gray mold, and bacterial spots.