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Also known as Paradoxa, these echinacea coneflowers are bright golden yellow. Their brilliant blooms do well in dry, rocky soil like that found in their native Missouri and Arkansas Ozark hills. Used here by Native Americans as a traditional medicine, it is being researched today for its herbal uses. It can be hard to find even here in Southern Missouri, but is rather easy to grow.
Growing Tips: Start plants in containers indoors, keeping moist until sprouts appear and set out after last frost or direct sow in the garden, about two weeks before last frost.
Images and description courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds/ RareSeeds.com