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Echinacea Genus

Coneflower

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous or Sub-shrubs

Origin

C & E Canada

Interest and use

Ornamental, borders, medicinal

Cultivation

They are fully hardy, and will prefer a sunny position with humus-rich, moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring, trying not to disturb the roots too much. Insert root cuttings from late autumn to early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

A favourite with slugs

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