Purple coneflower

Other Names:

American Coneflower, Black Samson, Comb Flower, Echinacea


  • Anticoccidial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiinfluenza
  • Antibiotic
  • Bacteriostatic
  • Antiviral
  • Wound-healing
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a well-known herb used for its benefits relating to strengthening the immune system. The root of the plant contains polysaccarides, which motivate white blood cells to attack bacterial invaders and thus increase the body's production of white blood cells. This process helps contribute to the body’s natural ability to fight infection and is commonly used to reduce inflammation caused by infections. E. purpurea also contains alkamides, which have been found to assist in inhibiting tumor growth and help control pain.

What Coneflower Looks Like

Echinacea purpurea is a popular perennial with striking, purple-pink, daisy-like flowers. It blooms mid to late summer to early fall---as flower stalks with upright spikes and flowers with petal radiating outwards.
E. purpurea is the most widely cultivated of the Echinacea species, yet little is found in the wild now due to overharvesting. E. pallida and E. angustifolia are much more difficult to grow.

Coneflower's Benefits

Anticoccidial: E. purpurea has shown to be a beneficial supplement for chickens in enhancing immunity and fighting off Eimeria spp that cause Coccidiosis in chickens.

Immune strengthening: In British Columbia, E. purpurea is used as an ethnoveterinary remedy for disease prevention and immune enhancement in chicks. 20,000mg/40g is added to the feed or leaves are chopped up and fed to chicks as free-choice.

Summary of Coneflower-related Research in Poultry
FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Volatile OilBroilers0.10%42 daysAntibody responses to Newcaslte Disease vaccine (LaSota) was uneffected, but improved antibody levels.S Rahimi et al., 2011
Dried Aerial PowdrtBroilers5 g/kg42 daysImproved performance and immune responsesN Landy et al., 2011
ExtractBroilers750 mg/kg42 daysAided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013


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