purple coneflower

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Another wildflower in most seed mixes marketed for the Texas area is purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Plant wildflower seed now for spring and summer blooms," 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, "6 Pretty but Troublesome Perennials Never to Plant in Your Garden," 25 Aug. 2020 Take the purple coneflower, one of the champions of the sunny perennial garden. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "It’s time to plan the new season’s garden, and it pays to be picky," 11 Mar. 2020 Between 1996 and 2016, Wagenius and his team tracked nearly 800 purple coneflowers on the Staffanson Prairie preserve. Popular Science, "For prairie flowers, fire is the ultimate matchmaker," 29 Jan. 2020 Fire provides an additional advantage for the narrow-leaved purple coneflower, as Wagenius and his colleagues saw. Popular Science, "For prairie flowers, fire is the ultimate matchmaker," 29 Jan. 2020 The peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, the Tennessee purple coneflower and the Florida manatee all would very likely have disappeared without it, scientists say. Lisa Friedman, New York Times, "U.S. Significantly Weakens Endangered Species Act," 12 Aug. 2019 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," 15 Aug. 2018 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," 15 Aug. 2018

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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 29 Sep. 2020.

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purple coneflower

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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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