Pretty in Purple

Ann  Van Breemen

Surfers Paradise, Australia

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A pretty purple coneflower I found in a park in Montreal, Canada.

“Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench
Eastern purple coneflower, Purple coneflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Brauneria purpurea, Echinacea purpurea var. arkansana, Rudbeckia purpurea
USDA Symbol: ECPU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
A popular perennial with smooth, 2-5 ft. stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Rough, scattered leaves that become small toward the top of the stem. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and have domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping, lavender rays. An attractive perennial with purple (rarely white), drooping rays surrounding a spiny, brownish central disk.

The genus name is from the Greek echino, meaning hedgehog, an allusion to the spiny, brownish central disk. The flowers of Echinacea species are used to make an extremely popular herbal tea, purported to help strengthen the immune system; an extract is also available in tablet or liquid form in pharmacies and health food stores. Often cultivated, Purple Coneflower is a showy, easily grown garden plant. " Wildflower.org

Canon EOS 40D.
Canon EF 28-135mmIS lens.

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