Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name

Genus: Echinacea

Specie: Purpurea

Variety/Cultivar:

English Name:

Echinacea: Greek for hedgehog & purple-red (purpurea)

Common Name

Purple Cone flower: Eastern Purple coneflower

Botanical Family

Name in Latin: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Name in English: Aster, Daisy, Sunflower Family

The Plant

Origin: Eastern North America

Growth Habit: herbaceous

Flower: Daisy like flower with prominent cone shaped centre. Individual flowers (florets) within the flower head are hermaphroditic.

Blooming Period: July - September

Leaf: Dark green petiolate basal leaves: ovate to ovate lanceolate . coarsely toothed.

Usage:

Adds texture, particularly the cone centre: Used as whole flower but once petals wilt center is excellent and dries well.

Care and Handling

Lasting Quality: 7-10 days

Amount of water: moderate

Nutrition: preservative/food

Special handling: Ethylene Sensitive

Special feature/remarks:

Extract of root used as herbal immune booster