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

Examples of coneflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butterflies seek out the coneflower as a nectar source, and goldfinches and other seed eaters harvest the seeds. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Plant wildflower seed now for spring and summer blooms," 10 Sep. 2020 Some of the best plants to attract a variety of pollinators are coneflower, phlox, monarda, butterfly bush, sedum, any variety of daisy, liatris, any variety of milkweed, lantana, zinnia, Joe Pye weed, allium and pearly everlasting. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall is the perfect time to put in pollinator-friendly plants, and help the environment," 3 Sep. 2020 Another of the excellent coneflower selections this one grows to 7-8-feet tall topped with a 3-inch diameter, bright yellow (not gold) flowers and yellow central cones. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "The big, the bold and the bodacious. Why yellow daisies are the peak of the summer garden," 7 Aug. 2020 Anderson lists off echinacea or coneflower, black-eyed Susans, poppies, Rocky Mountain bee plant and moon carrot, a non-native plant that brings a large diversity of bees and therefore works well in the garden. Linnea Covington, The Know, "How to create a bee-friendly garden in Denver to support Colorado’s more than 900 native species," 4 Aug. 2020 Some perennials, such a coneflower and yarrow, revel in bright sun from morning until night while others, such as astilbe and old-fashioned bleeding heart, do best in afternoon shade. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Most Common Perennial Garden Mistakes to Avoid," 18 June 2020 Soon it would be filled with coneflower and switchgrass. Sam Roe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sam Roe: A child's ball rolls over. Should I throw it back? With coronavirus, right and wrong are turned upside down.," 31 Mar. 2020 Proven fire-resistant plant species include daylilies, coneflowers, coreopsis, lavender and high-moisture succulents. Washington Post, "Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants," 4 Feb. 2020 The coneflower is superb — its black seed heads haunt the garden in autumn and winter — but pick the right one. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s time to plan the new season’s garden, and it pays to be picky," 11 Mar. 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 24 Sep. 2020.

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