Saturday, January 31, 2009

Echinacea purpurea: winter

[Photo: Echinacea purpurea in winter.]Echinacea purpurea, known in English as eastern purple coneflower and in French as echinacée pourpre or rudbeckie pourpre, is a perennial native to eastern North America. It is used as a herbal medicine and is becoming popular as an ornamental plant. The flowers are like big purplish-pink daisies with conical brown centres. [Photo: Echinacea purpurea seedhead.]

The seedheads, which are like spiky dark brown balls, remain ornamental in winter (until the snow gets too deep).

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