Purple coneflower Echinacea plant varieties in all their wonderful colors and forms including E. purpurea, the species used for herbal remedies.
Echinacea purpurea growing wild by a lake.
Most of the plants for sale here are ornamental coneflowers. They may have similar herbal properties to the species, but they were not bred for medicinal use. They are best used as garden ornaments.
To clarify: The ornamental types are as safe to use internally as the species, but they may not be as potent.
If you wish to use the plants medicinally, order the species.
Pink Echinacea Plants
|Species Echinacea Plant||Coneflower – Merlot||Coneflower – Magnus|
|Coneflower – Hope||Kims Knee High||Green Envy|
|Coneflower – Ruby Giant||Coneflower – Ruby Star||PowWow Wild Berry|
‘Merlot’ is prized for its branching wine red stems which hold its fragrant blooms at a height of 3′ from late summer through fall. Zones 4-9.
‘Magnus’ is so named because it produces larger blooms than most other cultivars. Zones 3-8.
By purchasing Echincea ‘Hope’ you will be supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. This ‘plant for the cure’ will give you huge, fragrant, blush pink blooms that repeat from midsummer through fall. Best in zones 4-9.
At 2′ tall, ‘Kims Knee High’ is the most compact Echinacea plant offered here. Zones 3-8.
‘Green Envy’ is a mid-season conflower that will rebloom without being deadheaded. It grows to 3′ in zones 3-9.
‘Ruby Giant’ pushes out 7″, flat, saucer-shaped blooms all summer long in zones 3-8.
‘Ruby Star’ is a 40″ tall, early through mid-season bloomer for zones 4-9.
‘Powwow Wild Berry’ is a new dwarf variety with bright rose flowers. Hardy in zones 3-8.
White/Green Echinacea Plants
|White Swan||Green Jewel||Coneflower – Milkshake|
‘White Swan’ is the brightest of the white coneflowers. Its scented blooms appear atop 3′ upright stems in summer. Zones 3-8.
The other-worldly chartreuse blooms of ‘Green Jewel’ will bring a sense of whimsy to any perennial planting. The central cone of this cultivar is as green as its petals.
Excellent branching is another of its attributes. Expect plants to grow to a height of 2′ in zones 3-8.
Plant the 3′ ‘Milkshake’ in your garden and you’ll be feasting your eyes on its French vanilla double blooms from spring til the first frost. Zones 5-9.
Orange/Yellow Echinacea Cultivars
|Coneflower – Tiki Torch||Coneflower – Sunrise||Harvest Moon|
|Coneflower – Sundown||Tomato Soup||Coneflower – Daydream|
|Coneflower – Julia||Hot Papaya|
‘Tiki Torch’ is bold without being brash. A 3 footer for zones 4-9.
The painterly petals of ‘Sunrise’ are as softly hued as the early morning sky. The petals are not solidly yellow but shaded. Each one appears to have been hand painted.
‘Daydream’ is just the opposite. Blazing gold petals as bright as the noon day sun top 2′ plants in late summer.
Both plants perform well in zones 4-9.
The fragrant summer flowers of ‘Harvest Moon’ adorn 2′ plants in zones 4-9.
‘Tomato Soup’ adds its loud red daisies to the late summer palate. Their fragrance is as attention grabbing as their hue. Matures to just under 3′ in zones 4-8.
The flower color of ‘Sundown’ evolves from rose to orange as the blooms mature. The dark stems grow uprightly to 3′ in zones 3-9.
|Secret Desire||Secret Romance||Raspberry Truffle|
‘Raspberry Truffle’ showcases bright pink flowers atop 30″ dark stems. This is a long-blooming type that will contribute color to the garden throughout the growing season. Zones 5-9.
‘Secret Romance’ and ‘Secret Desire’ are best grown in zones 4-9. Both mature to about 30″ tall, but ‘Secret Desire’ blooms for a longer period.
What is the herb Echinacea used for?
The roots of 3-4 year old Echinacea plants are harvested in the fall. Clean the soil off the 10-24 inch long roots and cut them into slivers. Arrange the slivers on screens to dry where there is good air circulation and low humidity.
If you want to make a tincture from the flowers, harvest them in mid summer when the plant is in full bloom. Pick the flowers in the morning and process them within 4 hours.
People have been using Echinacea medicinally for hundreds of years.
Early native Americans used the plant both externally and internally–more than any other plant, in fact!
The Choctaw used a root preparation to treat coughs while the Comanche would hold pieces of fresh root against a sore tooth to ease the pain. The Sioux considered the roots to be a cure for rabies.
In the 1890s American Eclectic physicians incorporated purple coneflower into their practice. They used it to treat respiratory and sinus infections as well as diarrhea, cholera and some types of cancer.
In modern herbal medicine, Echinacea root extract and supplements are used mainly as an immune system stimulant. Shortening the duration of colds, flus and other respiratory tract infections and reducing their symptoms is the primary use of the herb Echinacea today.