Herbs Guide

Black Sampson

Family Name: Compositae

Botanical Name(s): Echinacea angustifolia

Popular Name(s): Echinacea, Sampson root, Red sunflower

Parts Used: Root and rhizome

Habitat: Black Sampson is found in America and Britain.

Description: Black Sampson possesses stout, bristly stem with a hairy, linear-lanceolate leaves tapering at both the ends. Its flowers are rich purple in colour and the florets are seated round a high cone. The flowers bloom in June to October.

Uses: Black Sampson is used as an alterative, antiseptic, depurative and febrifuge. It increases bodily resistance to infection and is used in skin diseases also.