Pale Purple coneflower

Flower Flower Leaves Leaves

Pale Purple Coneflower
Echinacea pallida

   The plant reaches a height of approximately 40 inches. Some of its relatives only grow 3 to 4 feet. The peduncle or flower-bearing stalk is usually 16 inches in length, is unbranched, and has  leaves at various heights.

Interesting Fact:
  American Indians used the plant to make a smoke treatment that was used to relieve headaches and as a sedative for distempered horses.
   Early doctors thought purple coneflower made the body more resistant to infection and used it to induce profuse sweating.
   Modern-day medicine still uses extracts of purple coneflowers to treat wounds and sore throats.

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