Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Echinacea- Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower
Purple coneflowers seed themselves in my garden as well. The name comes from the Greek word "echino", which means spiny, and refers to the center of the flower which consists of a spiny disc.

It is named coneflower due to the positioning of the petals, which tend to point downwards forming a cone shape.

Extracts from the plant provide the widely used herb Echinacea, which is thought to boost the immune system, and to decrease incidence and duration of the common cold.

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