Coneflowers

Coneflowers

I love the look of the coneflower, with its long stem and cheerful, daisy-like bloom on top. It was originally a North American Prairie flower and actually has the ability to release a chemical that inhibits the growth of grasses around it. Talk about determined to survive and thrive. Of course, it’s in the nature of us humans to experiment so the flower is grown in gardens all across the country now. Even here in the desert, I’m hoping to have a few blooms in my own backyard. By the way, the scientific term for coneflower is echinacea and the Plains Indians had many medicinal uses for the roots of this plant.  

Here’s a short video of some of the more recent additions to the coneflower market including one cultivar called ‘Butterfly Kisses’. Here’s a six-minute video on growing and transplanting coneflowers. Here’s a short video, produced with mom and young son, to show us how to collect coneflowers seeds. Very cool.

FunFacts about Coneflowers: (Source) (Source)  

  • Coneflower is the common name of Echinacea.
  • Here’s some basic information about coneflowers: Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The genus Echinacea has nine species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they grow in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. (Source)
  • Coneflowers are drought-resistant.
  • Coneflowers make excellent cutting flowers.
  • Echinacea products vary widely because many species of the plant can be used in the preparation.
  • Echinacea root preparation accounts for 9% of the global herbal-remedies market.
  • The North American Plains Indians were known to use coneflowers as medicine, quote: 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. (Source)
  • When coneflower plants are well-established, they can be dug up and divided to transplant to other places in the yard.

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39 thoughts on “Coneflowers

  1. Coneflowers have such an interesting look. I don’t think I’ve seen them in person before, but I’ll be paying closer attention to the gardening store the next time I go. The picture with the two bees on the coneflower is really cute!

  2. See these all the time, but never knew their name. Loved the last picture of the field full.with the greenhouse in the background.

  3. They look like backward sunflowers. I thing they also look like a blackeye susan. I wonder if they are related? –

  4. Love coneflower. They grow wild in the area. Bees love them, too. Thanks for the information.

  5. I have been looking for a pretty flower that pretty much looks after themselves, and I love that it doesnt like other grasses mmmm I really like that! Thanks!!

  6. I love my coneflowers! They are sporadically placed in my garden area along with black eyed susans and Shasta daisies. What a wonderful view! Every time I go to the pharmacy I amazed to see yet another use for echinacea! Think native Americans were on to something?! They provide medicinal properties along with feeding bees and butterflies. Harmony is what nature brings to us all.

    • Nancy,
      Yes, yes, yes and yes! You hit all my hot buttons: pretty to look at, medicinal, the bees and butterflies love them and Native Americans knew what they were doing!

      Thanks for sharing,
      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  7. I’m interested in finding the double pink Butterfly Kisses. Osceola is a haven for the Monarch butterflies and they love coneflowers. Thanks, Caris, for the interesting write up.
    PS I won a blue ribbon at the local fair for my pink Coneflower. They’re a real favorite here in Wisconsin.

  8. Like all the pictures but the last is my favorite with all the different colored coneflowers together. I don’t have any myself but will have to think about getting some. AZ

  9. Beautiful! They remind me of my favorite flowers, the painted daisy. I grew up making teas and polstices from them as a kid. Now I am back to using them in teas

  10. Coneflowers are a staple in all the flower gardens at my house.

    I grow the yellow type in the front grove and the raspberry pink plants everywhere else. I easily have over a 100 plants at any given time.

    They are butterfly magnets and set the scene for great photo ops.

    I give away plants to neighbor’s and friends. Gardeners love to spread the plant joy.

    As Caris said, they can be pricey at $5.00 per plant in my area. But they are worth every penny to get started.

    Started out several years ago with a packet of seeds. Each year I would gather the seeds in the Fall (NC) and cast them here and there. It’s a champion perrenial.

    They even grow in the woods where I dispose of garden debris.

    Just an all around winner.
    Do yourself a favor and try this plant.

    • Sandra,
      Thanks for the overall shout out on behalf of coneflowers. The two plants newly growing in my yard have several leaves standing straight up now, so I feel confident they’ll start adding the same kind of joy to my desert garden that they do to your North Carolina woodsy homestead.

      Thanks for sharing,
      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  11. Such interesting flowers – I think I’ll try growing them again in my yard. Maybe this time they’ll establish. For some reason they don’t seem to like my very sandy soil here in the Victor Valley of Southern California.

  12. My grandfather had a field of the yellow coneflowers, but, as a kid, I always thought they were black-eyed susans. And I never made the correlation between coneflowers and Echinacea.

  13. I have never really noticed cone flowers but have read about them here and there. Very interesting. Thank you for bringing them to my attention because I’m going to dig a little deeper for information about them.

  14. Such pretty flowers. I like the butterfly one and the last one is simply beautiful.

  15. The flowers are great. I haven’t seen any butterflies yet & I live in OK where the weather has been crazy. Freezing one week & 80’s the next week. My flowers are having a really hard time.

  16. I really like the pictures with the fields of flowers. You always come up with interesting topics.

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