Echinacea Pallida Seeds
is a great fresh, cut or dried flower. This variety of Echinacea
is very unique as far as coneflowers go. Echinacea Pallida
has much longer and more narrow petals than the more commonly seen purple coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea
). They also have a much paler shade of purple. These plants bloom earlier (late June to late July) than most Echinaceas
although they will continue to bloom sporadically through the fall months. Echinacea Pallida
do not need as much water as their relatives.
Goldfinches are known to love the seeds of these flowers and butterflies are frequent pollinators.
This flower is native to the US as far north as Michigan and south to Alabama and Texas. It has been introduced, and now grows abundantly, in many states. However, Tennessee and Wisconsin both list Echinacea Pallida
as threatened, mostly due to over collection for medicinal purposes.
Also known as Pale Echinacea
, the leaves of these plants were used by Native Americans to treat rheumatism, mumps, and measles and the roots to treat burns and toothaches. The root was also chewed as a cold remedy and to increase saliva flow to prevent thirst. A tea made from powdered roots and leaves was drunk to treat sore gums and sore throats.
A fun test is to grind 3-5 seeds between your front teeth. The sensation will display to you the plants pain killing abilities!
These plants are easy to grow although they usually take more than one growing season to truly begin to flower. They are tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil! Once they are established Echinacea Pallida
will freely self seed if some deadheads are left intact.
comes from the Greek word "echinos" meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone.
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