Echinacea angustifolia, packet of 50 seeds, organic


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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    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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