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Purple coneflower


Classification:

Family - Asteraceae, aster family
Genus, species - Echinacea purpurea

Flowers:
Flowers are showy, shaped like daisies, up to 3 inches in diameter, with purple ray flowers and large brownish disc flowers.

More Information:

The genus name, Echinacea, is from the Greek for "spiny one," as in a hedgehog, referring to the spiny scales of the receptacle (where the flower is attached to the stalk).  The species name, purpurea, is from the Greek for "purplish leaves."  

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