cone·​flow·​er | \ ˈkōn-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce coneflower (audio) \

Definition of coneflower

: any of several composite plants (as of the genera Echinacea and Ratibida) having cone-shaped flower disks: such as
a : rudbeckia

Examples of coneflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The coneflower can be used as a component in any sunny border, as an accent, or massed with other perennials as well as shrubs. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Monarch butterflies have, for centuries, relied on milkweed and nectar plants—in Oklahoma and Kansas, this includes sunflowers, ironweed, coneflower, and a host of others—to fuel their journey up and down the continent. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2021 There are perennials – like ornamental grasses, coneflower, Joe-Pye weed, sedum and black-eyed Susan – that provide birds with much-need seeds and insects with places to spend the winter. oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2020 Butterflies seek out the coneflower as a nectar source, and goldfinches and other seed eaters harvest the seeds. Calvin Finch,, 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of coneflower

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Coneflower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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