Asteraceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Pollen and Nectar for Bumblebees and Butterflies.
Flowering time: July, August, September
Growing information: HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in), native to North America. Prefer, deep, well-drained soils, and can tolerate wet soils. Hardy to minus 40ºC. Echinacea is one of the world’s most important medicinal herbs. Research shows that it has the ability to raise resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It is also antibiotic and helps to relieve allergies. Plants in this genus were probably the most frequently used of all North American Indian herbal remedies. They had a very wide range of applications and many of these uses have been vindicated by modern science. The root is the part used in medicine. They produce stunning large heads with maroon centres and deep-pink petals.