This classic immune tonic is used for acute inflammatory conditions such as colds, influenza, boils, skin sores, etc. We blend it with our native Oregon grape root to make Infection Fighter tincture. A local herbalist uses echinacea to ward off poison oak after exposure. Seeds need cold stratification and light exposure to germinate. Echinacea is a perennial native to the Great Plains and reaches four feet when in flower. Also known as purple cone flower for its stunning blooms of pink petals surrounding a spiky cone center.