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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Perennials such as purple coneflower and grasses such as prairie dropseed provide seed as a food source. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 According to a village news release, the MWRD provided biosolid soil that was used for planting native species like milkweed and purple coneflower that are tolerant of salt and pollutants washed in from the street. Gary Gibula, Chicago Tribune, 15 Dec. 2022 For an easy street-side garden plan, feature native plants such as Aster, Baptisia, and purple coneflower. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2022 Good native flowers to consider include wild columbine, wild bergamot, pale purple coneflower, asters and goldenrods, Steinhauer said. Jennifer Rude Klett, Journal Sentinel, 18 Aug. 2022 The most common is purple coneflower, but they are being cultivated in an ever-widening range of pinks and purples. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 30 June 2022 Designed in collaboration with Geauga Park District and DERU Landscape Architects, the park will incorporate native perennials and shrubs such as butterfly weed, aster, purple coneflower, goldenrod, bluestem and Joe Pye weed. cleveland, 8 June 2022 Catmint is usually stocked alongside popular perennial plants such as purple coneflower and yarrow. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2022 For example, the Rain Garden mix will include such species as blue flag iris, purple coneflower, cardinal flower and New England astor. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purple coneflower was in 1848

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“Purple coneflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20coneflower. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

purple coneflower

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