Purple Coneflower Echinacea
Echinacea Purpurea. A hardy perennial favorite, Echinacea is an easy to grow medicinal herb and excellent cut flower. I use the seeds, flowers, leaves and roots in a tea for colds and flu. The flowers are on 3 foot stems, lavender with a spiky seed head, on stiff stems great in a vase. A hardy perennial here in USDA zone 4. The clumps don's spread too fast, but will drop seeds and a few new plants will pop up every year. Like full sun, and candle handle lots of rain or very dry conditions. Each plant would fill a gallon size potting container, I send them bare-root.