Echinacea

Echinacea

5.65

Large daisy flowers with ‘cone’ centres are attractive in the garden and also have many therapeutic uses.

Position

Sun or part shade.

Sow

In pots of Yates Seed Raising Mix or direct into garden position. Firm down and keep moist but not over-wet. Transplant or thin when large enough to be handled. Echinacea seeds benefit from a cold period to break the natural dormancy. Sowing early normally achieves this but otherwise 2-3 weeks in the fridge can enhance germination.

Care

Best grown in full sun to semi-shade in well-drained soil. Incorporate compost, Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food or blood and bone into the soil before planting. Tolerates dry periods once established. Water at base of plant to reduce risk of disease. Uses: Leaves, roots and flowers. How to Make Echinacea Tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let stand for 5 minutes, strain and cool.

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