Coneflower: Vulnerable Prairie Wildflower

By contributing writer Lisa Bellows, Ph.D., North Central Texas College

Coneflowers are drought-tolerant perennial plants which will soon be adding color to the prairies and roadsides in our region. These wildflowers have spiny central discs which resemble a sea urchin, thus the first part of their scientific name; Echinacea which means “spiny”, like a sea urchin. These herbaceous perennials grow from taproots and the mature plant can reach up to 4 feet tall. Coneflowers have been used by many for medicinal purposes ranging from historical accounts of treating snake bites to the present day herbal remedy for improving immunity. To read more pick up the May 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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