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Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Other Names: N/A

Family
Flower
  • 6.5-10 cm (2.5-4 inch) head
  • lavender-red, drooping petals (rays) arranged around a central spiky, orange-brown disk
Leaf
  • long stalks
  • oval, egg-shaped
  • rough to the touch
  • toothed edges
  • usually 3-5 midveins
Location
  • in many parts of eastern US
  • found in dry, open areas, such as forests and prairies
Flowering Time
  • June-October
Other
  • used to boost the immune system – often in tea, pill, or liquid form
  • often seen in wildflower gardens
  • plant is 60-150 cm (2-5 feet) tall
Name Origin
  • The genus name comes from the Greek word for “hedgehog”, echino, referring to the spiny center disk of the flower
Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower plant

Purple Coneflower plants - note leaves

Purple Coneflower Leaf