Echinacea Purpurea has fabulous purple pink flowers and a large orange cone in the centre said to have medicinal properties. Will bring color to any garden. Always consult a qualified herbal practitioner before using this plant medicinally or a qualified aromatherapist if using its essential oil, especially if pregnant.
Scientific Name: Echinacea purpurea
Plant Life Cycle: Perennial
Optimal Germination Temperature: 18C
Germination time in days: 10-20 days
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil requirement: rich in organic matter, well drained, fertile
Sowing and cultivation: Sow indoor from late March. Take care not to disturb the roots when transplanting. Keep soil moist. Transplant outdoor when the last chance of frost has passed and young plants are about 8 cm tall. Space plants by 50 cm, Echinacea likes a dry sunny spot in the garden. Protect from snails.