Coneflower (Sampson root).
Used to boost immune system, fight off developing colds and flu.
Deep pink flowers with distinctive cone-shaped center.Roots dug after 2nd year for medicinal use. Start in pots outdoors in very early spring; they like moist cold soil before sprouting.
BOTANICAL NAME: Echinacea purpurea
Plant direct or transplant from flats. Best germination will be from early spring plantings where the seeds get a period of moist cold before sprouting. Prepare the permanent bed well by digging in organic matter. Water until established, and as needed. Divide clumps every few years, cutting out the old, woody, or rotted roots. Will flower 2nd year, roots will be ready to harvest in 3rd year. It is best to plant a few every year, so you have a 3-year-old roots yearly.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Biennial, Tender Perennial/Zones 6-10/Height 4'/Spacing 18-24"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly