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APurple Coneflower Plant

APurple Coneflower Plant

APurple Coneflower Plant

A popular perennial with smooth, 2-5 ft. stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Rough, scattered leaves that become small toward the top of the stem. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and have domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping, lavender rays. An attractive perennial with purple (rarely white), drooping rays surrounding a spiny, brownish central disk.The genus name is from the Greek echinos, meaning "hedgehog," an allusion to the spiny, brownish central disk. The flowers of Echinacea species are used to make an extremely popular herbal tea, purported to help strengthen the immune system; an extract is also available in tablet or liquid form in pharmacies and health food stores. Often cultivated, Purple Coneflower is a showy, easily grown garden plant.

Purple

Purple coneflowers are relatively easy to grow from seed. If you'd like to save the seed, wait until the cone has fully dried—it should be darker in color and stiff to the touch. The seeds are attached to the sharp spines, so you'll want to wear gloves, and separate the seeds from the cone. Spread them on a paper plate or screen to dry thoroughly before storing.Purple Coneflower is an herbaceous perennial in the Asteraceae (daisy) family that is native to central and eastern USA. It may grow 3 to 4 feet tall and produce pinkish-purple flowers that mature in early summer through mid-fall. Many cultivars are available for varied sizes and colors. Several pollinators are attracted to the flower, especially butterflies. Leave some of the flower heads on to produce seeds for the birds.

#purple#drought tolerant#perennials#white flowers#wildlife plant#purple flowers#pink flowers#red flowers#native perennials#salt tolerant#tough plant#low maintenance#apvg#food source wildlife#cpp#fire medium flammability#NC native#summer flowers#children's garden#playground plant#naturalizes#pollinator plant#native wildflower#fantz#flowers late spring#larval host plant#food source summer#food source fall#NC Native Pollinator Plant#food source nectar#food source pollen#food source hard mast fruit#butterfly friendly#nectar plant early summer#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#HS302#apvg-p#pollinator garden#bee friendly#Audubon#wavy-lined emerald butterfly#silvery checkerspot butterfly#stormwater demo garden orange co.Echinacea purpurea is an herbaceous perennial up to 120 cm (47 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide at maturity. Depending on the climate, it blooms throughout summer into autumn. Its cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always, purple in the wild. Its individual flowers (florets) within the flower head are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs in each flower. It is pollinated by butterflies and bees. The alternate leaves, borne by a petiole from 0 to 17 cm, are oval to lanceolate, 5-30 x 5-12 cm; the margin is tightened to toothed. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

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