Named for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, the herb resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog. Echinos is Greek for hedgehog.See more of Today's Flowers HERE.
LINKS and INFORMATION:
▪ garden guides.com
▪ attracts bees, butterflys, birds
▪ Native American medicinal plant, used to treat upper respiratory tract infection. Echinacea contains several chemicals that play a role in its therapeutic effects--polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils, and flavonoids. (Science is not in complete agreement on its effectiveness.)perennial which blooms mid-summer through early Fall, zones 3-9, full sun to part shade (I grew mine from seed, and it has very slowly self-seeded over time.)
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