Echinacea purpurea


Other Names:

American Coneflower, Black Samson, Comb Flower, Echinacea


  • Anticoccidial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Immunity
  • Wound-healing
Coneflower (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. Purple coneflower was used extensively by traditional herbalists and Native Americans alike in North America for generations and is well-known for its ability to help strengthen the immune system to aid in warding off colds and flu viruses. It is said to help stimulate the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection. Specific applications for purple coneflower and poultry:
  • Anticoccidial: Purple coneflower has shown to be a beneficial supplement for chickens in enhancing immunity and fighting off Eimeria spp that cause Coccidiosis in chickens.

Summary of Coneflower-related Research in Poultry

FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Volatile OilBroilers0.10% of diet42 daysAntibody responses to Newcaslte Disease vaccine (LaSota) was unaffected, but improved antibody levels.S Rahimi et al., 2011
Dried Aerial PowderBroilers5 g/kg of diet42 daysImproved performance and immune responsesN Landy et al., 2011
ExtractBroilers750 mg/kg of diet42 daysAided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013


Scientific References