Flower Form: Echinaceais notorious for being a medicinal plant, but it’s a winner in the garden as well. This plant has drooping petals that surround a dark, usually purplish-brown cone-shaped center. The flowers last for a long time, are fragrant and make beautiful arrangements whether fresh or dried. The leaves are toothed, alternate and lance shaped. Echinacea is excellent as a tall border plant and is very drought tolerant. It's also attractive to birds, bees and butterflies. People collect the root of the plant for healing purposes during the fall of the plant's third or fourth year, but not after the fourth year. Echinacea is easy to start from seed.
Golden Seal Herb - Echinacea Golden Seal
Flower Form: Thick yellow golden root stock with be harvested for use within three years. The stem is hairy and slightly purple colored. The top of the plant has two large hairy leaves with five to seven double toothed-lobes. Small white flowers bloom in the spring. Red raspberry like fruit grows on top with 2 seeds. This treasured medicinally plant was used by Native Americans as a stomach ailment remedy and a yellow dye. Modern uses have shown golden seal root fights e. coli and helps enhance healing properties of other herbs. The species is endangered from over picking and under-planting.