Echinacea purpurea, echinacea, purple coneflower .

Echinacea purpurea, developed as a medicinal plant product in the late 1930s in Germany is considered a nonspecific immune system stimulant used for wounds, herpes sores, canker sores, throat infections; preventative for influenza, colds. A folk remedy for brown recluse spider bites. Native to open woods and thickets in eastern North America to the Midwest, Echinacea is also widely cultivated as a garden perennial. The entire world's commercial supply of E. purpurea is cultivated.

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