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Plantidote of the day 2011-08-27

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purple coneflower
echinacea purpurea

purple coneflower, black sampson, hedge coneflower

Purple coneflowers are native to the Midwest and Southeast U.S. They are long lived perennials (z. 3-8) that are drought tolerant when established. They attract butterflies and birds, especially goldfinches who enjoy the seeds. If you find that purple coneflowers are boring, there are many hybrid coneflowers available in a variety of colors. Some of these hybrids can be grown in hotter and more humid conditions.
Echinacea also has medicinal value. Some people recommend it to boost the immune system.

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Great shot and such pretty flowers.