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I have Echinacea growing wild down a highway I use every day. I'm going to stop and pick a bunch of them in order to grow them on my place. My stepson is into herbal medicines so thought a ready supply to treat me might be good!
I intend to get a bag full of flowers with about 6 inches of stem to dry and remove seeds for next year. I haven't done this yet, but it is getting close. The petals are drooping. Damn gravity and old age!
I'm going to gather a bunch, far more that I'm willing to mess with. I'm just gonna sprout 20 or so to get them growing on my place. I could be sweet talked into sharing those seeds, although bribery will get you everywhere. 🙂 Who am I kidding? I could be bribed with a cookie and half a glass of cold milk!
Send a moosage and I'll give my physical address. You send a self addressed, stamped envelope and I'll send you some seeds. If I only get a few responses you're gonna get a lot of seeds🤣🤣🤣
 
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Are you talking about the pale purple coneflower? They are everywhere along the highways. Petals are drooping but that's just what they look like. The other purple echinacea is more commonly grown in the garden, having more and brighter flowers. This kind is not blooming yet.
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Sorry, I wasn't aware it grew everywhere.













 
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Michael Dotson wrote:Sorry, I wasn't aware it grew everywhere.



It might in Arkansas and Missouri.  I can tell you it doesn't grow everywhere in Texas.

The nice thing about Echinacea purpurea is that the seeds can be planted anytime so folks don't have to wait until October like with most wildflowers. If you take a few flowers now and just put them where you might like to have them they might just come up when Mother nature thinks it is a good time.

Remember that it might not be as potent medicinally if it is not Echinacea purpurea, or Echinacea angustifolia. The good news is that most Echinacea still possesses medicinal use and antiviral properties.

Have fun gathering flowers and drying them!
 
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Michael Dotson wrote:Sorry, I wasn't aware it grew everywhere.


Sorry, that's not what I mean. I don't have any on my property but there is a small patch right down the road. I collected some seeds last year and broadcasted on my yard. Don't see any flower yet. I am going to gather seeds again but make sure they all go in the ground. We had a very wet spring so I saw many more pale purple coneflowers showing up. I considered we are fortunate to have such beautiful flowers growing around. Sure people from other places where they are less common will be interested in getting some seeds.
 
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May said "Don't see any flower yet. I am going to gather seeds again but make sure they all go in the ground.



If I remember correctly, mine did not flower the first year.
 
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