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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Identifying native flowers is relatively easy — most of us won’t confuse a coneflower with a rose — but classifying native shrubs and bushes is another matter entirely. Susan Brownstein, cleveland, 12 July 2022 The sturdier parts of a plant, such as the woody trunk and branches of a tree, the roots of an aster or coneflower, or the underground bulbs of tulips, wait out the winter. Beth Botts,, 19 Dec. 2021 Other guides include lenten rose, peony, redbud, azalea, elephant ear, lantana, coneflower, savory calamint and rudbeckia. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 American goldfinches, who love a good meal of coneflower seeds, resoundingly agree. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Butterflies generally amount to maybe 5 percent of a coneflower’s insect visits, but this one rated 14 percent. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 One of our favorites at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is the giant coneflower (R. maxima) that grows 6-8-feet tall with bright blue-green foliage and masses of small yellow coneflowers on long, erect stems. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2021 Other guides include azalea, redbud, Lenten rose, peony, elephant ear, coleus, lantana, coneflower and savory calamint. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 7 June 2021 Another way to achieve coneflower longevity is to allow plants to self-seed. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 27 May 2021 See More

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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