Growing Echinacea (purple coneflower) Herb Seed
- Days to Maturity: Perennial
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Planting Depth: 1/2"
- Plant Spacing: 12-15”
- Growth Habit: Upright
- Soil Preference: Moderately fertile and moist
- Temp Preference: Warm
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Color: Green leaves and stems with purple flowers
- Flavor: Bold, floral and tingly
Sowing and Growing
Sowing seeds directly during the fall is a great way to start your echinacea, as germination is best when it receives winter cold. Make sure your ground is prepared and situated in a well thought out garden spot. Echinacea can grow in a variety of soils except very heavy and wet. Artificial stratification will greatly enhance germination which can take up to 6 weeks inside. To fill out your patch, let echinacea stand through the winter, dropping its own seed. Cut back any material remaining in the spring to let the sun in.
As a perennial, you don’t harvest aerial parts of the plant until the second year. Whole echinacea plants and their taproot can be harvested in peak bloom during their third year. Home uses include teas, foot soaks and herb baths.
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