cone·​flow·​er ˈkōn-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce coneflower (audio)
: any of several composite plants (as of the genera Echinacea and Ratibida) having cone-shaped flower disks: such as

Examples of coneflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, deer turn their noses up at coneflower—the spiny center is a turn-off. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 The bloom was always brief, though, only lasting two weeks before making way for the next rounds of flowers – iris, yarrow, honeysuckle, coneflower – each tossing its own scent into the bouquet of summer. Lily Stewart, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2024 Other native plant candidates for winter sowing, Schaller said, include bee balm, coneflower, goldenrod, blazing star, phlox and lobelia. Susan Degrane, Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 Like Eupatorium maculatum [spotted joe-pye weed], Asclepias tuberosa [butterfly weed] and species of echinacea [coneflower], aster and eryngium [sea holly]. John Wogan Carmen Winant, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Most folks probably don’t think too much about where those vibrant dahlias, perky coneflowers or fragrant lilies in their bouquets came from, but a group of local flower farmers hope to change that. Hailey Closson, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2023 Or go for one of the various coneflowers (rudbeckias) that stage a major show in autumn with different spins on the black-eyed Susan’s motif. Tovah Martin, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 Good cutting perennials include coneflowers, salvia, veronica, and lavender. Arricca Elin Sansone, ELLE Decor, 22 Aug. 2023 The centerpieces featured a beautiful, garden-style floral arrangement that consisted of a mix of dahlia, red zinnia, white cosmo, pink coneflower, pink zinnia, dark pink zinnia, white coneflower, yellow zinnia, orange zinnia, blue horizon, pink cosmo and wine zinnia — all grown at Sarah’s home. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coneflower was circa 1818

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“Coneflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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