Growing Echinacea Purple Coneflower Seeds
Echinacea is an essential hardy perennial wildflower for your herb garden. Fairly easy to grow, give it sun and moderate water and beginning in its second year, you will be rewarded with plenty of material to harvest. This herb is often used to aid a common cold or flu and immune system support.
Days to Maturity: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Planting Depth: ½”
Plant Spacing: 12”-15”
Growth Habit: Upright
Soil Preference: Moist, moderate
Temp Preference: Warm
Light Preference: Full sun
Color: Green stems and leaves, purple flowers
Flavor: Bold, floral, 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 year two and whole plants with their taproot can be harvested in peak bloom in year three. Home uses include teas, foot soaks and herb baths.