Floral Friday : Coneflower

IMG_5484Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called coneflowers. IMG_5488They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. IMG_5485The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος (echino), meaning “sea urchin,” due to the spiny central disk. These flowering plants and their parts have different purposes. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers, and some are traditionally used to treat and prevent common cold, flu, and other infections.IMG_5486Echinacea purpurea is commonly used medicinally. Two of the nine species, E. tennesseeosis and E. levitate, are listed in the United States as endangered species. Wikipedia







24 thoughts on “Floral Friday : Coneflower

  1. I like your last photo the best because it shows the spiral of the middle (what is that part called?) The last photo makes me think of the petals dropping off and the center becoming prominent, which can happen as we age. Thanks for the fascinating fact that “chino” means sea urchin!!! I can never pronounce the name of this flower!!

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  2. Thank you for a very interesting and informative post. All I know about echinacea is that it’s used in herbal medicine as an immune system boost. They’re a lovely flower and you have some great photos. I like the last one best – it looks almost shy with it’s petals so demurely down. 🙂

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