purple coneflower

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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

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To attract bees and other pollinators, Saska recommends choosing flowers with a composite shape, like zinnias, cosmos, daisies, sunflowers, and purple coneflower. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Plant Flowers In Your Vegetable Patch," 17 Feb. 2017 About 20 different types of plants including butterfly-weed and purple coneflower were planted. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora students design new 'Prairie Classroom'," 17 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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purple coneflower

noun
purple cone·​flow·​er | \-ˈkōn-ˌflau̇(-ə)r \

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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