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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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The purple cone flower is a widely known medicinal herb, one of the most popular used by Native Americans.
Echinacea x purpurea Quite a tall plant with startlingly beautiful vivid pink cone flowers. Don't plant just one, splash out by creating a drift of three or five.
If you prefer pastel shades, plant sun-loving cone flowers in shades of pink and white for a cooler, more subtle scene.
Cone flowers or echinacea will go great guns until the autumn frosts, as will dahlias if you can keep up with feeding, watering and deadheading.
For example, he meticulously lists the wild plants discovered by Nathan in a field: "There are evening primrose, senna, asters, verbena, elecampane, gay feather, spiderflower, goldenrod, cone flowers, bottle gentian, ironweed, queen-of-the-meadow, boneset, yarrow, cornflowers, false foxglove, turtleheads, and sunflowers" (182).
American Indians combined extracts from two types of cone flowers, a type of cedar, and a plant called false wild indigo as a disease preventative.
If you prefer pastel shades, plant sun-loving cone flowers (Echinacea) in shades of pink and white for a cooler, more subtle scene.
Cone flowers, also known as Black Eyed Susan refer to two useful late summer flowering perennials - rudbeckia and echinacea.
PLANT a sunny, sheltered border with a butterfly banquet of scented and nectar-rich shrubs, such as buddleja, hebe, lavender and honeysuckle and fill the gaps with perennials, such as cone flowers, yarrow, asters, pinks and statice interspersed with a sprinkling of nightscented stock seeds to provide a sweet summer snack for moths.
Plant sun-loving cone flowers (Echinacea), in shades of pink and white.
The garden gods responded with cooler weather and two days of misty rain, a hydrating boon to the newly transplanted grasses, day lilies, cone flowers, hostas and other plants.