- any of a genus (Echinacea) of North American plants of the composite family, esp. a coneflower (E. purpurea) with purple flowers
- a medicinal herb made from the roots, leaves, etc. of certain of these plants
- Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, having usually pinkish-purple ray flowers.
- The roots, seeds, or other parts of such a plant, used in herbal medicine.
Origin of echinaceaNew Latin Echīnācea genus name from Latin echīnus sea urchin (from its rough leaves) ; see echinus .
eastern purple coneflower
(countable and uncountable, plural echinaceas)
- (plant of genus Echinacea): purple coneflower
From scientific Latin Echinacea, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”) (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) + -acea.
Echinus (“species of anemone”) + -acea
- Several different varieties of Echinacea may be available form garden supply shops where you live, but if you want to devote a mass planting area to the lovely coneflower, you might need a mail order or Internet source.
- Echinacea plants are a great addition to a mixed flower bed, but since there are so many different choices in the Echinacea world today, why not consider a whole bed devoted to these fun flowers?
- Calendula (Calendula officinalis) and cleavers (Galium aparine) target the lymphatic system, while echinacea (Echinacea spp.) and astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)stimulate the immune system.
- It is easy to think that taking herbs to boost the immune system would naturally protect you from hay fever, but sometimes immune boosting herbs, such as echinacea, can cause further allergies.
- With all the new varieties of Echinacea plants out there, in a wonderful range of colors, you'll wish you had room in your garden for more of the different Echinacea varieties.