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Echinacea pallida, Echinacea Coneflower
• Hardiness: H5 (-10 to -15C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: up to 80cm
• Spread: 45cm
Echinacea Coneflower is available to buy as herb plants.
• 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.
• Maintenance: (See Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring, Summer 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 Medical Herbalists
At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
There is also ‘Jekka’s Seasonal Tips’ series that covers growing and maintaining herbs in early spring, late spring, summer and autumn & winter. Together they form Jekka’s guide on how to grow herbs. For a hands-on herb experience, where you will learn how to grow herbs, check out our Master Classes.
Our herbs are designed to be grown in containers or planted in the garden. Although some herbs will be quite happy indoors, most prefer being outside. Please see our indoor growing blog for more information.
If you require pots or compost, we have developed Jekka's Herb Kits, which includes Jekka's "Grow On" Kit. These kits contain all you need to grow on your herbs.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath that will top up the plant's magnesium and stop orange leaves.
Please note, the compost in Jekka's Kits will have enough natural food for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information on growing herbs plants please see Jekkapedia, Jekka's blog or our FAQs page.
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. Our seeds are hand packed into gassine bags, which are fully recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. These bags are then put into beautifully illustrated paper seed packets. Therefore, our environmental footprint is small.
Want to know more? You can read more about our sustainability approach to growing herbs in one of Jekka's Blogs. See also: