purple coneflower


Definition of purple coneflower

: any of a North American genus (Echinacea, especially E. purpurea) of coarse perennial composite herbs with thick rough leaves and long-stalked flower heads having purplish-brown cone-shaped disks and usually pink to purplish rays

Examples of purple coneflower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Growing to about 2-3-feet tall and happy in hot, sunny sites, purple coneflower produces bright purple and magenta flowers with yellow centers. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2021 Violets or dogwood in spring, raspberries or purple coneflower in summer, goldenrod or asters in fall — the options are numerous and varied to fit in any garden. Carol Flynn, chicagotribune.com, 29 June 2021 Her natives include purple coneflower, ironweed, joe pye weed, stiff goldenrod, obedient plant and blue lobelia. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 June 2021 An underused species is the Tennessee purple coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis), whose pale pink petals radiate but do not overlap. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 27 May 2021 The group includes milkweed, purple coneflower, Mexican sunflower, zinnias, parsley, dill, rue, butterfly weed and more. Susan Degrane, chicagotribune.com, 13 Apr. 2021 Plant giveaways include native prairie plants and wildflowers such as common and swamp milkweed, gray-headed and purple coneflower, cup plant and rosinweed. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2021 Another wildflower in most seed mixes marketed for the Texas area is purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 10 Sep. 2020 Instead: For a long-lasting punch of purple in the garden, plant native purple coneflower or blazing star instead of purple loosestrife. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of purple coneflower

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Purple coneflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20coneflower. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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purple coneflower

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

Medical Definition of purple coneflower

: any of three composite herbs (Echinacea purpurea, E. pallida, and E. angustifolia) which have usually reddish purple to pale pink ray flowers and whose various parts (as the dried rhizome, stems, or leaves) are used in the preparation of the dietary supplement echinacea


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