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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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A favorite of plant breeders, there are so many cultivars of coneflowers available on the benches of local garden centers it may be overwhelming to choose.
First collected in 1878, the Tennessee purple coneflower was not described as a distinct species until 1898.
CHOOSE PERENNIALS THAT REACH THEIR ZENITH IN LATE SUMMER and early fall like Ligularias, Snakemot, Anise Hyssop, purple coneflower and Rudbeckias.
White snakeroot, iron-weed, boneset, wingstem, tall cone-flowers and gray-headed coneflowers are budding as the pink large-flowered mallow dies back.
Check out sunflowers and coneflowers to see pretty spirals of florets arranged in a pattern described by Fibonacci (fie-bo-NACH-ee) numbers.
Sketchbook use and journaling activities have grown exponentially in recent years as art students and professional artists attempt to reconnect with the natural world; whether to record travels or to note the petal forms of coneflowers.
Other good bets include coneflowers, otherwise known as Echinacea purpurea, which have pretty basal foliage and bear big, purple-pink daisy-like flowers.
Among the suggested plants are penstemons, sages, yarrows, coneflowers (Echinacea), African irises (Dietes), roses, daisies and society garlic.
Buck, a University of Tulsa botanist and a founder of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society, had heard medicinal plant gatherers were invading Bartlesvil- le-area fields in search of purple coneflowers, one of nine members of the genus Echinacea.
That day, over 800 people had visited Evelyn Connor's garden, and they had been impressed by her lush naturalistic landscape, which includes Mullein pinks and a mass of three-foot-high native purple coneflowers.
If your own garden lacks colour then garden centres will have plenty of container-grown coneflowers to plant immediately.