Common Name: Echinacea Cones
Family Roots: Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas.
Personality: They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word echino meaning "spiny," due to the spiny central disk. The flowering structure is a composite inflorescence, with purple (rarely yellow or white) florets arranged in a prominent, somewhat cone-shaped head— "cone-shaped" because the petals of the outer ray florets tend to point downward (are reflexed) once the flower head opens, thus forming a cone. Plants are generally long lived, with distinctive flowers. The common name "cone flower" comes from the characteristic center “cone” at the center of the flower.
Availability: August to November
Stem Length: 40 inches
Flower Length: Just a large cone
Care & Handling: Remove the bottom leaves (if present), cut stems under water, and place in a fresh flower solution.
Tidbits: Echinacea was widely used by the North American Plains Indians for its general medicinal qualities. Echinacea was one of the basic antimicrobial herbs of eclectic medicine from the mid 19th century through the early 20th century, and its use was documented for snakebite, anthrax, and for relief of pain.