Perennials such as purple cone flower
and grasses such as a prairie dropseed provide seed for a food source.
For pure aesthetics, their plantings include rattle trap, wild ginger, wild geranium, Solomon's seal, rose mallow, cardinal flower, New England aster, wild oats, purple cone flower
, stiff switch grass, wild petunia, little blue stem, downy skullcap, wild columbine and many other all-American beauties.
THE purple cone flower
or echinacea has large, daisy-like flower heads with a central orange-brown cone.
Echinacea, also known as Echinacea purpurea or purple cone flower
, is used to treat common colds, wounds and burns, urinary tract infections, and coughs and bronchitis, according to a physician pamphlet from the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Has: columbine, double hollyhocks, marguerite, purple cone flower
, foxglove tansy, purple beebalm, yellow cone flower, chives, garlic, marsh mallow, lavender, flowering crab trees, orange asclepias, shasta daisy, marguerite, sunflower, pink phlox, hyssop, elder berry, orange trumpet, vine, holly, highbush, cranberry, Rose of Sharon--pink, coreopsis, lily of valley, Jacob's ladder, cinnamon fern, night shade, and more with time
Wildflower varieties include black-eyed Susan, ox-eyed daisy, purple cone flower
, Dame's rocket, lance-leaved coreopsis, and cosmos.
Native Americans have used the purple cone flower
(Echinacea putpurea and Echinacea angustifolia) for well over a thousand years.
Has: purple cone flower
, burdock, catnip, passion flower, mullein, pink root, wild garlic, black root