Growing on the High Plains: Purple Coneflower (Part 1)

Jan 17, 2019

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is a garden classic perennial plant and one of the most striking native wildflowers.

Today's Growing on the High Plains will put a familiar, purple beauty in the spotlight: the purple coneflower. We've all seen them adding a splash of color to the region, ususally in rocky soil, lining our rural highways with a strong resolve and stiff stem. Take a closer look, and you'll find that this hearty wildflower is more than just a pretty face. In fact, these lovely perennials are a possible cash crop for High Plains gardeners due to their herbal and medicinal properties. Today we'll kick off a two-part series on this hearty, practical plant that has a lot to offer!