- perennial plant
- 0.60-0.80 m
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- In Israel it is grown as an ornamental plant or as an herbal plant.
Coneflower is a Perennial plant from the Asteraceae family, scientifically called Echinacea. An endemic plant of North America, there it grows in the open prairie and woodlands. In Israel it is grown in ornamental gardens or in Agricultural farm as a medicinal herb. The coneflower has a large unique flower that borne on a long stalk, its leaves are rough and jagged. The center of the flower is a conical raised shape that looks like a thorn and containing the seeds. Echinacea is used in folk medicine to treat internal infections and inflammations, colds, flu and urinary tract infection.
Native Americans used Echinacea for snakebites, fever and wounds. The first settlers in America adopt the plant as a remedy for colds and flu. Dr. Wooster beach, and his followers founded in the early 19th century an eclectic herbal medicine school. In their study they used herbs that was bought from the native Indians, one of the herbs was Echinacea. It was used to improve the body's resistance to contamination of any kind.