Echinacea - charming hardy perennial with narrow leaves, reaching a height of about 120 cm. Echinacea Flowers large and extremely fine, bright pink or crimson with dark brown cone-shaped center. Echinacea comes from North America, where it grows wild in the prairies of the Midwest to Texas.
For several years, Echinacea has become a very popular garden plants. And there are several reasons. This, of course, a magnificent view of the plant, large bright flowers, a long flowering period (month or two), ease of cultivation and breeding. And, inter alia, excellent healing qualities of the plant.
As a medicinal plant mainly grown Echinacea purpurea (E. purpurea), Echinacea angustifolia (E. angustifolia) and Echinacea pallida (E. pallida). As the most popular ornamental plant Echinacea purpurea. In some instances you can meet echinacea called rudbeckia, although botanists have long separated these two species.
American Indians knew about the healing power of echinacea and its ability to prevent many diseases. In medicine the roots, flower heads, seeds and juice of the whole plant. Echinacea is best known as immunostimulatory agent, it is also used against flu, colds, inflammations and infections. Echinacea is a snap to grow. It will grow in any good soil, though it prefers a moist and rich minerals in the soil and a sunny location.
When grown from seed plant will bloom in the second year, like many other long-term. The best method is for farming and breeding division of rhizomes, which should be done in early spring. Mature plants must be divided every 3-4 years. In colder climates should ogranizovat easy Echinacea shelter for the winter, to prevent it from freezing. For example, you can use dry leaves.
Echinacea blooms from late July to September. This is a high, bright and charming plant looks great in flower boarders. It is perfect for growing small or large groups. Best neighbors for Echinacea - other plants for autumn: asters, chrysanthemums, dahlias and Monarda. Cut flowers of Echinacea long stored in the water.