Echinacea pallida, Echinacea (Coneflower)
Lovely large daisy-like single purple/pink flowers with long narrow drooping petals. The central golden brown spiky cone becomes more pointed as the plant matures. Oval, narrow, dark green veined leaves. Medicinal; the root is the part used.
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: up to 80cm
• Spread: 45cm
Echinacea (Coneflower) is available to buy online as herb seeds.
• Soil type: Fertile Light Loam
• pH: Universal pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour:
• Flowering time:
• Uses: Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: No
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: No
• Caution: N/A
• Indoor Sowing: In spring, into prepared plug trays or pots, cover seeds with perlite. Bottom heat, 18°C, aids germination.
• Outdoor Sowing: In early summer, in a prepared sunny site where the soil is rich and well drained. Thin seedlings to 30cm.
• Propagation: N/A
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
Together with Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea, this herb has traditionally been valued for use in treating wounds, burns, insect bites and joint pains. More recently it has been widely used to help assist the body’s immune system in responding to bacterial and viral infections.
Historically used to combat tuberculosis, malaria and typhus, it is now seen as having a role in increasing the activity of white blood cells in defending the body against infections such as colds, sore throats, influenza, chest infections and glandular fever. Used in this way, it is thought by many herbalists to be of value in supporting people who may have a low immunity to infection for a variety of reasons.
Regarded as having anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities, it has also been used to help with skin infections, painful joints and allergic problems such as hay fever and hives.
Caution: Can occasionally cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
See our blog for more information about the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists
Jekka's "How to Grow Herbs" videos, includes Jekka's video on how to sow seeds for an informative step-by-step guide to seed sowing.
Growing indoors? Check out Jekka's blog on indoor herb gardening for some advice.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.