One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American plant of the daisy family that has flowers with cone-shaped disks that appear to consist of soft spines.
Rudbeckia, Echinacea, and other genera, family Compositae: numerous species, including the yellow-flowered sweet coneflower (R. subtomentosa), the purple coneflower (E. purpurea) with swept-back reddish-purple petals, and the tall green-headed coneflower (R. laciniata) with yellow petals and greenish disks
- ‘Plant coneflower in a sunny location that has well-drained, fertile soil.’
- ‘All nine species of coneflowers are native to North America, but only the four listed here are available commercially.’
- ‘Known as gloriosa daisy, coneflower and black-eyed Susan, this favorite North American native species blooms nonstop - even in partial shade - from midsummer until frost.’
- ‘Common examples of perennial flowers are purple coneflower, lance-leaf coreopsis, dame's rocket and daisy.’
- ‘The beds burst at the seams with summer phlox, Shasta daisies, coneflowers, and 75 varieties of daylilies.’
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