Botanical Name: Echinacea purpurea
Height: 2 - 4 feet.
Spacing: 24 - 28 inches.
Depth: 1/8 inch deep.
Spread: 1 1/2 - 2 feet.
Sun/Shade: Full sun
Color: Flowers are purplish-pink.
Foliage: Rough, hairy 3 - 8 inch leaves.
Blooms: July through October.
Days To Maturity: May not bloom until the second season.
Form: Perennial, Herb.
Flower Form: Single large flower with purplish-pink petals and large dark brown central cones.
Soil Requirements: Best in deep, well-drained, rich soil.
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
Seed Count: Approximately 100 seeds per packet
Pruning: Remove spent flower stems to encourage new blooms.
Comments: Echinacea stimulates the immune response, increasing the body's ability to resist viral and bacterial infections. Echinacea is thought to help reduce susceptibility to colds and flu.