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Purple Coneflower – a gorgeous Texas native

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This is one of our stunning coneflowers from earlier this summer.  Purple coneflower makes a great cut flower, attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees, and is a carefree perennial for your North Central Texas garden.

Echinacea purpurea is a true Texas native and is beautiful naturalized in fields and prairies, as well as in the urban garden. It has an upright growth habit but needs to be pruned to keep from drooping over. Feel free to harvest blooms all summer — this will keep your plant tidy and you won’t have to give it support to keep it upright.

100_2006Purple Coneflower will re-grow from the root each spring, but you can also collect seed and start some in flats, if you want to have more plants. BUT BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU HARVEST THE SEED HEADS. WHEN THEY ARE DRY THEY ARE VERY SHARP AND POINTY. (I have even drawn blood when I jammed my finger into one of the seed heads).

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