- Latin name: Echinacea Purpurea (L.) Moench
- CAS No.: 90028-20-9
- Specifications: D: E ratio = 4: 1 & 6: 1, or min. 1% & 4% Echinacoside, or min. 4% Cicoric Acid, or min. 4% Polyphenols
- Part used: grass and roots
- Test Method: HPLC
The species is native to North America. Its range goes from Virginia to Ohio and Michigan, reaching as far south as Georgia and Louisiana.
Resistant and easy to care for, it is a little taller than Echinacea angustifolia, the leaves are lance-shaped, toothed at the edges, with very long petioles, the flowers are up to 10 cm wide with purple petals and a yellowish disc. In some varieties of this species we can find flowers of even greater size and varying in color from white to pink to red; the disc can be mahogany, yellow or orange.
This plant has antiseptic, antiviral, healing, re-epithelizing, stimulating properties of the immune system and of the assimilative and excretive processes. It is used through infusions, mother tinctures, decoctions, ointments and ointments.