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coneflower,

name for several American wildflowers of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family). The purple coneflowers (genus Echinacea), found E of the Rockies, have purple to pinkish petallike rays; some cultivated forms have white flowers. The herb echinaceaechinacea
, popular herbal remedy, or botanical, believed to benefit the immune system. It is used especially to alleviate common colds and the flu. Several controlled studies using it as a cold medicine have failed to find any benefit from its use, but a 2007 review of 14
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, derived from the purple coneflower, is taken for colds and other ailments; the plant was used medicinally by Native Americans. Other coneflowers include the yellow coneflowers, or rudbeckias (see black-eyed Susanblack-eyed Susan
or yellow daisy,
North American daisylike wildflower (Rudbeckia hirta) of the family Asteraceae (aster family) with yellow rays and a dark brown center. It is a weedy biennial or annual and grows in dry places.
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), and the praire coneflowers (genus Ratibida), which have yellow or purplish rays. Many species are grown as garden plants. Coneflowers are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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Try alstroemeria, coreopsis, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, lavender, Limonium perezii, Mexican sunflower, purple cone-flower, scabiosa, Shasta daisy, and yarrow (Achillea).
hirta sport golden yellow blooms, purple cone-flower (Echinacea purpurea) has white or pink flowers, and the blooms of Shasta daisy are snowy white.
Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima), with blanket flower (Gaillardia grandiflora), blue fescue (Festuca ovina 'Glauca'), gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta),and purple cone-flower (echinacea purpurea).