ECHINACEA angustifolia (Narrow-Leaf Purple Coneflower) is a perennial flowering plant that is native to the central and western regions of North America. It is one of the primary species used in traditional herbal medicine and has been widely cultivated for its medicinal properties.
Appearance: Narrow-Leaf Purple Coneflower typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters). It has slender stems and long, narrow leaves that are dark green and rough to the touch. The flowers have vibrant purple to pink petals and a prominent cone-shaped center.
Blooming period: This species usually blooms from mid-summer to early fall, typically from July to September. The flowers attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Habitat and cultivation: Echinacea angustifolia prefers well-drained soils and full sun. It is commonly found in prairies, open woodlands, and dry meadows. In cultivation, it is suitable for native plant gardens, prairie restorations, and naturalized areas. It is a hardy plant but may require a period of winter dormancy for optimal growth.
Garden and landscape use: Narrow-Leaf Purple Coneflower adds a vibrant touch of color to garden landscapes. Its purple to pink flowers are eye-catching and provide a striking contrast to other plants. It can be used in perennial borders, butterfly gardens, or prairie-style plantings. Additionally, the dried seed heads can provide winter interest and food for birds.
Medicinal and herbal uses: Echinacea angustifolia is highly regarded for its medicinal properties and has a long history of use in Native American traditional medicine. The roots, flowers, or leaves are used to make herbal remedies, tinctures, or teas, which are believed to support the immune system and promote general well-being. It's important to note that the scientific evidence regarding its efficacy and safety is still being studied, and it's best to consult with a healthcare professional before using herbal remedies.
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Scientific Name: Echinacea Angustifolia
Common Name: Narrow-Leaf Purple Coneflower
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Eastern United States
Full Growth Height: 1-2 ft
Zone: 3 to 8
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid)
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Pink to Purple Petals with Orange Disk
Resistant: Drought, Deer, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-drained, Dry, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral, Acid
Garden Uses: Borders, Beds