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.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
Chickensground root0.1-0.5% of feedimmunitycombined live vaccination and feed supplementation with 0.1% or 0.5% Echinacea purpurea during the first 2 weeks of life provided significant weight gain advantage compared to live vaccination alone. This advantage persisted through 2 weeks of Echinacea purpurea withdrawal and subsequent challenge infection.P Allen 2003
Henspressed juice0.25 mL/kg BWimmunityHigher count of lymphocytes and NDV antibodies in the bloodBöhmer et al 2018
Chickensaerial part powder5 to 10 g/kg dietimmunityHigher antibody titers against SRBC and NDVLandy et al 2018
Chickens5 mg/kg of dietimmunity, Escherichia coliimproved the final body weight and immune response of non-infected chicks and have a respectable effect for facing E. coli infection. It improved hematological and serum biochemical adverse effects by E. coli infection.M Hashem et al., 2019
Ducks2.5-5 g EP/kg dietreproductive performance, antioxidanhad beneficial effects on productive and reproductive performance as well as lipid profile and antioxidant status and economically valued in breeder ducks under summer conditions.A Awad et al., 2021
Chickensextract750 mg/kg of diet for 42 daysAided in the recovery from infection with Eimeria spp.A Arczewska-Wloseki et al., 2013
Broilersdried Aerial Powder5 g/kg of dietImproved performance and immune responsesN Landy et al., 2011