Coneflowers Guide

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About Coneflowers

Asteraceae or Compositae (commonly referred to as the aster, daisy, composite, or sunflower family) is an exceedingly large and widespread family of flowering plants (Angiospermae) Many of these flowers exhibit a phenotype that features a protruding center, sometimes in an elongated dome or cone shape. Echinacea is one such genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. “The Echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called purple coneflowers.

They are found mainly in eastern and central North America, …in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas.” They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. These flowering plants and their parts have different uses. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Echinacea purpurea is used in folk medicine.

The Toothache Plant is traditionally mentioned for pain control.

“…some Plains tribes did use echinacea for cold symptoms. The Kiowa used it for coughs and sore throats, the Cheyenne for sore throats, the Pawnee for headaches, and many tribes including the Lakotah used it as a pain medication.” – Wikipedia

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