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Purple Cornflower

Purple Cornflower

Purple Cornflower

I came across this flower a few years ago, when I was visiting Australia. I loved it so much that I bought a purple-headed plant, but after living overseas, I was struggling to care for it. I needed to send it back home, which was a big deal for me to do. It took me forever to find a reputable courier that would agree to carry it, and I even had to squeeze in a stopover in Ireland.The inflorescence is a capitulum, 7 to 15 cm in diameter, formed by a prominent domed central protuberance consisting of multiple small yellow florets. These are surrounded by a ring of pink or purple ligulate florets. The tubular florets are hermaphrodite while the ligular florets are sterile. The involucral bracts are linear to lanceolate. The plant prefers well-drained soils in full sun.

Plant

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. Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Round Garden Bed Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Entryway Garden, Cabarrus County Extension Office Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Round Garden Bed Entryway Garden, Cabarrus County Extension Office Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Davidson County Demo Garden Sun to Shade Garden Pollinator Garden- Full Sun Walkway at the Park Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Walkway at the Park Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Walkway at the Park Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Pollinator Garden- Partial Shade Walkway at the Park Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Walkway at the Park Mostly Native Vegetable, Herb and Pollinator Garden Bee Hive Garden, Wake Co Crowder Park Prairie and Native Plants Garden Paul J Ciener Botanical Garden.

#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.Its flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. This plant supports Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis) larvae which has two broods from May-September. The adults feed on nectar from red clover, common milkweed, and dogbane. This plant also supports Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) larvae. Songbirds, especially American goldfinches, eat the seeds. Slightly deer resistant. (Source: plants.ces.ncsu.edu)

 

 

 

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