41 Day 164 – Perennial, Herb or Just Plain Stunning!

I’m not actually going to say too much about this image as I think it will speak for itself. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is an herbaceous perennial that can grow to a height of 3 feet and has stunning 3-inch wide daisy-like purple flowers with a brownish-purple cone-shaped centre. This native North American herb was originally part of the prairies of Georgia, Louisiana, Iowa and Ohio and  native Americans used the flower to treat everything from colds to snakebites. The medicinal herb is still used to treat Illness such as arthritis, colds and ear infections. It is still found in the wild but more commonly now it graces the borders of many gardens and this was was photographed in the grounds of a beautiful old house locally. Purple coneflower dies back to the ground in winter, but comes back to life every spring and I hope that you agree but its simply radiant!

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