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ANSWER: The Center of a Purple Coneflower

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a native prairie wildflower. Plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall and produce 3 inch diameter flowers in summer. The flower consists of a bronze-colored, domeshaped center surrounded by white to pink to reddish-purple, downward curving petals. Purple coneflowers are upright-growing, clump-forming, coarse-textured perennials.

Purple coneflowers are easy to grow. They perform best in welldrained soils and partial to full sun. Plants are drought tolerant and have few insect and disease problems. Because of its stiff, coarse growth habit, the purple coneflower is an excellent plant for naturalized areas. It also does well in perennial borders. For those individuals interested in butterfly gardening, the purple coneflower attracts several species of butterflies. Source: 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year, NEBLINE Newsletter

In winter, native birds like Goldfinch may feed on the seeds. Photo

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