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Echinacea genus (Coneflower). There are 9 species of clump-forming plants with thick edible roots. The flowers are daisy-like and usually mauve, purple or pink. Paler garden forms are also available.
Perennials, Herbaceous or Sub-shrubs
C & E Canada
Ornamental, borders, medicinal
They are fully hardy, and will prefer a sunny position with humus-rich, moist but well drained soil.
Propagate by division in autumn or spring, trying not to disturb the roots too much. Insert root cuttings from late autumn to early spring.
A favourite with slugs
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