Coneflower, or echinacea, has been long known as the crown of a garden. They look great in a garden, and could even attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Echinacea tea is also beneficial to your health – it could help you get rid of flu and control your blood sugar. This flower is native to North America, but because it is drought-tolerant, you can grow one even in tropical countries.

The most common echinacea planting method is by seeding. Start by buying the seeds from your local gardening shop, and plant to a depth of 12-15 inches, with a thin layer of compost to promote its growth. The best time to plant it is in spring or fall since it needs up to 8 hours of direct sunlight. 

With careful planting choice of an early and late blooming variant of echinacea, you can enjoy 5 months of blooming echinacea, as seen in these photos. Aside from admiring the beautiful flower, you can also make echinacea tea that is also well-known for its health benefit.

To make echinacea tea, you need to prepare all parts of the plant, not just the leaves and/or flowers. Clean the roots, leaves, and flowers from dirt, and place it in a cup. Boil approximately 8 ounces of water, and pour the water to the cup. Let the water sit for a few minutes for the plant to fully steep. Afterwards, strain the tea and enjoy. The taste of echinacea tea is a bit strong, and you can add sugar if you find the taste too overwhelming.

Ready to start planting? Follow the tips in the article, and enjoy the flower and tea later!