Echinacea angustifolia, packet of 50 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(Black Sampson, Coneflower) Herbaceous perennial, this ecotype native to the Rocky Mountains of North America.  Angustifolia is the most northerly ranging of all 9 indigenous American species.  Traditional usage (American Indian, TWM): Snakebite, enhancement of immunity.  Plant prefers full sun and mesic, alkaline soils.  Amend garden soil with limestone.  Sow in fall or early spring, directly in prepared garden bed or in flats or pots and let the rain, snow and cold awaken the seeds.  Alternatively, give 30 to 90 days cold, moist refrigeration and sow warm.  Thin or transplant to 6 inches to 1 foot apart.

50 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Mary

    I live in the Northeast. If I receive the Echinacea Angustifolia seeds in mid to late summer, do I need to refrigerate them upon arrival until I plant them later in the fall? When do you recommend planting them–September? October? I’m in zone 6b.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mary, You can keep the packet in a closed mason jar in the fridge until its time to plant. It works really well to plant Echinacea angustifolia in the early spring to get a good start on the year. Sowing in the fall is OK too if you have a greenhouse to hold the seedling through the winter, otherwise, yes, early spring. richo

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    Wandalea Walker

    I live in Hawaii at a low elevation & want to grow Echinacea Augustafolia plants for my own medicinal use. I see that these are the most northerly variety but it was always far more effective for me than Purpurea when I lived in Oregon. Do you have recommendations for how to grow it here or another equally effective variety that would like it better in Hawaii? Thanks so much, Wandalea

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Wandalea,
      Thanks for your well-considered question. Echinacea angustifolia is iffy in Hawaii although purpurea seems to grow fairly well there. Basically the main modes of action seem to be 1) antiinflammatory isobutylamides (which are higher in angustifolia than purpurea). These could be provided by growing spilanthes, which is an easy grow in the tropics and makes the same compound. 2) Immune-stimulating bacteria in the roots which again you’re right are higher in angustifolia than in purpurea. these however cannot be supplied by a different plant, that I know of, and even if you grew angustifolia in hawaii it might not sequester the same bacteria that it gets on the temperate mainland. If it was me I’d grow tulsi and spilanthes medicine, combine them as needed, and forget trying to grow angustifolia. Richo

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    • Christine

      Echinacea angustifolia will probably grow just fine in Hawaii. The soil would be great. Echinacea angustifolia grows from the far north to south Texas. You will have to make sure to stratify the seeds before planting. I have stratified by simply putting the dry seeds in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Good luck. You may have to try a couple of times. That is normal. This site has some good information:
      https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1999/v4-490.html#germination

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