Echinacea angustifolia is an herbaceous perennial and a member of the Asteraceae family. Commonly called narrow leaf purple coneflower, it has a natural range in North America that includes most of the midwestern states east of the Rocky Mountains. E. angustifolia grows at a rate of six to eight inches per year to a mature height of twelve to twenty-eight inches.
The leaves are lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, and the flowers are cone-shaped disks with purple, pale pink, or rarely white spreading ray flowers. The plant has one or more stems that are mostly unbranched, and flowers bloom from June to July. The taproot of cultivated E. angustifolia is harvested three-to-four years after planting from seed. The root is most valued for medicinal purposes, although the tops and flowers are also used.
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