Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family.

The are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are native to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas.

They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from a Greek word (echino), meaning “sea urchin,” due to the spiny central disk.

Some species are used in herbal medicines and some are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers.

I loved the spiny appearance of these flowers and they really did remind me of the Sea Urchins I once had the opportunity to hold in my hand. 🙂

Thanks so much for taking the time to look!  Have a wonderful Tuesday, everybody! 🙂