Purple Cornflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of HOME FARM HERBERY's all-time favorite flowers. Originally an American prairie heirloom, it is one of the very best for attracting butterflies. This showy and easy to grow plant brings welcome color to the late summer garden. Grows well in full sun or light shade and blooms heavily from July to September. Grows well in clay soils. Plants reach 3-4' tall. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4. 50 seeds will give you plenty of babies in subsequent seasons.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Echinacea in all its forms has been studied for its purported immune system stimulant properties. Definitive studies come out almost every year on one side or the other of the argument, but my personal experience is that this is an effective and benign natural medicine. As long as you don't decimate the plant, it will actually thrive with such harvesting and actually LIKES to have its flowers cut for your pretty vase! It encourages more blooms. Wash and thoroughly screen dry the flowers and roots before storing for tea.
These are a pain (literally) to get out of the prickly seed heads, which is why I have raised my price a little bit.
Approx. 50 seeds $5.99
Approx. 200 seeds $14.99
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