Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Echinacea purpurea: sprouts

[Photo: Echinacea purpurea sprouts!]Echinacea purpurea, known in English as eastern purple coneflower and in French as echinacée pourpre or rudbeckie pourpre, is a perennial native to eastern North America. It is used as a herbal medicine and is becoming popular as an ornamental plant. The flowers are like big purplish-pink daisies with conical brown centres.

Last week, I posted about the poor bedraggled echinacea sprouts that had been languishing in my fridge since last year. I planted them and put them under fluorescent lights, and a surprising number (8 or 9) of them seem to have survived! As you can imagine I am thrilled!

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