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Question: how to find echinacea plants
Hi I'm looking for echinacea to put in the garden I am interested in medicinal ones the fact that there are so many varieties of echinacea in particular I look for the echinacea angustifolia, and if it must be a purple which is the direct one concerned for medicinal use. Could you give me a hand? Thank you
Echinacea purpurea: Answer: how to find echinacea plants
echinacea are perennial herbaceous plants, originating from the American continent; there are nine species, but it seems that only three contain large amounts of active ingredients, which seem to have important properties of stimulating the immune system, in addition to great antimicrobial power, lately studies are also being carried out to use these plants for treatment against certain types of cancer (although for now there are still no clear evidence of benefits in this area provided by echinacea). The three most interesting species for herbal medicine are Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida. These perennials, with large purple or yellow inflorescences, are also very popular with gardeners, and therefore it is not difficult to find them even in the nursery; unfortunately in gardens there is a tendency to cultivate hybrid varieties, with flowers of particular color or of large dimensions. Unfortunately, it seems that the active ingredients are found in greater quantities in the three aforesaid botanical species, and therefore a hybrid echinacea plant does not have the same interest for the herbalist as compared to the botanical species that is among the hybrid ancestors. The only way to have botanical species of particular plants is to grow them from seed, especially in Italy, where most nurseries sell almost exclusively the most "fashionable" plants, and botanical species of medicinal plants are hardly found. ; if we consider that it is difficult even to find some very common aromatic plants in Italian nurseries, let alone if we can find perennial herbaceous plants of almost purely herbal interest. (although in fact the botanical species of echinacea would all deserve a nice place in the garden beds). Fortunately the inflorescences of echinacea are enormous, and produce so many seeds, it is therefore quite simple to find echinacea seeds for sale; plants are typically found in nurseries echinacea purpurea with great ease, even if they are often cultivated in tiny jars, in the area dedicated to perennial grasses (unfortunately not all nurseries have a good amount of perennial herbaceous plants, but if you look in some nursery, I assure you that it is not difficult to find some specimens of echinacea purpurea). For the seeds of other botanical species of echinacea, you should contact the major European experts, namely Thompson and Morgan and Chiltern seeds, have the seeds of thousands of plants, and sending a small bag of seeds does not cost much in Europe, with about you can get one euro for shipping. If instead you want to turn to Italian retailers, unfortunately real seeds for collectors in stores are very difficult to find, already it is difficult to find varieties of vegetables other than the usual ones that you find at the supermarket, let alone particular botanical species of North American flowers. Fortunately, in Italy for years there has been an excellent association for plant lovers, called Adipa, or Association for the Spread of Plants among Amateurs; with a small annual fee it is possible to have lots of very special plant sachets sent to you; this association can be found online // www.adipa.it/, or in the various festivals and fairs dedicated to gardening, where adipa volunteers are often present. It is a real mine for lovers of particular plants, both as regards the seeds that can be received each year, and for the possibilities of getting to know other members, and therefore other fans of unusual plants and seeds, with which they can be made exchanges, seeds and experiences.