Echinacea purpurea

Common Names: Eastern purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower, purple coneflower
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

An herbaceous perennial up to 120 cm tall by 25 cm wide at maturity. Its cone-shaped flowering heads are usually, but not always, purple in the wild. Its individual flowers (florets) within the flower head are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs in each flower.

Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies and barrens, as well as in cultivated beds. Commonly found in flower gardens in Connecticut. Depending on the climate, it blooms throughout spring to late summer.

Primary Flower Color: Pink
Secondary Flower Color: White
Edible Notes: Echinacea is commonly used as a herbal supplement in both pill and tea form for medicinal purposes. While not considered a subsistence edible, it is widely consumed.
Warnings: While not generally considered dangerous, as an herbal supplement it does have a list of potential side effects and contraindications with other medicines. Consult with your doctor before consuming.