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ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA | Narrow Purple Coneflower

  • Narrow Purple Coneflower - Echinacea Angustifolia
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Narrow Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) - Found mostly in the northern portions of the Tallgrass Region on recently burned areas or where the soil has been disturbed. Blooms are purple to pink (rarely white) and grow on strong, erect stems to seven feet tall. Blooms from June to September. Very showy plant.

Echinacea, an extract from the cone flower, a very common plant in North America, is touted as a favorite botanical remedy among herbal and alternative medicine experts. The medicinal part of the plant is the root stalk. Echinacea is growing in popularity because of recent media attention to its historic reputation of boosting the immune system in treating colds and flu and fighting infections. It has also been used to speed wound healing, and reduce inflammation.

Echinacea has a long and intriguing history of use. For hundreds of years, the Plains Indians used it as an antiseptic, an analgesic, and to treat poisonous insect and snakebites, toothaches, sore throat, wounds and communicable diseases such as mumps, smallpox, and measles. It was also used by the Cheyenne, Choctaw, Comanche, Dakota, Meskawaki Fox, Pawnee, Sioux, and Omaha tribes.

Early settlers then adopted the therapeutic uses of echinacea root, and it has been used as an herbal remedy in the United States ever since. In 1762, it was used as a treatment for saddle sores on horses,

Sun Exposure               Prairie
Soil Moisture Dry Mesic, Dry
Bloom Time Summer
June, July
Bloom Color Pink
Max Height 2 feet
Wetland Code  
Germ Code  C(90),M
Seeds Per Packet  200
Seeds Per Ounce   7,000

 

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: For saddle sores on horse in early times. Echinacea is one of the world's most important medicinal herbs. Research shows that it has the ability to raise the body's resistance to bacterial and viral infections by stimulating the immune system. It is also antibiotic and helps to relieve allergies. Plants in this genus were probably the most frequently used of all North American Indian herbal remedies. They had a very wide range of applications and many of these uses have been confirmed by modern science. The plant has a general stimulatory effect on the immune system and is widely used in modern herbal treatments. There has been some doubt over the ability of the body to absorb the medicinally active ingredients orally (intravenous injections being considered the only effective way to administer the plant), but recent research has demonstrated significant absorption from orally administered applications. In Germany over 200 pharmaceutical preparations are made from Echinacea. The roots and the whole plant are considered particularly beneficial in the treatment of sores, wounds, burns etc, possessing cortisone-like and antibacterial activity. The plant was used by North American Indians as a universal application to treat the bites and stings of all types of insects. An infusion of the plant was also used to treat snakebites.

The root is adaptogen, alterative, antiseptic, depurative, digestive, sialagogue. It is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use.

The plant has been used as a diaphoretic.

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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