Monday, 21 February 2011

Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea is recommended as a "water-wise" plant for Australian garden.   Though in fact,  during the summer weather it does require supplementary watering on any days that are hot and dry together.  The flowers are lovely....
 .... the "petals" grow as the flower ages.
The actual flowers are the tiny yellow parts in the middle of the whole infloresence....
Extracts of all parts of the plant are used to make "Echinacea" that is used as an anti-infection agent which works in a totally different way from other anti-infection agents.  It doesn't attack the infectious agent, but supports and increases the immune system, making it apparently effective against viruses including "the common cold."   There's more information here.

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