Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is a common plant of summer and is found in many gardens with quite a few medicinal qualities. The flowers are reddish-purple with 15 to 20 rays and the toothed leaves alternate along the stem. It was used by the Choctaw and Delaware Indians used the plant as a cough medicine and venereal disease remedy. Western Medicine used Echinacea as an antiseptic but don’t use it if you have autoimmune disease. It was used for typhoid fever, plague and a-dynamic fevers, gangrene, cerebrospinal meningitis and syphilis.
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Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea Sources
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Foster, Steven and James A. Duke. The Peterson Field Guide Series; A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. 2nd. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000. Print. Purple Coneflower pg. 226-227
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Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977. Print. Purple Coneflower pg. 382-383
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