Echinacea purpurea - otherwise known as the ‘simple’ purple cone flower. I love the sturdy stems holding proud blooms. I love the jaunty character that has those blooms last until frost, and the seed heads last through winter. I love the range from pale pink, to almost neon pink-purple, to berry purple, and back to faded mauve-pink. I love the burnished rust of the bulging centers. I love the tactile touch of those spiny domes. I love the label of ‘not fussy’ that makes them grow happily in part sun or sun, and in almost any soil. I love that they spread gently into stately, orderly clusters. I love how happy they make the bees, and the butterflies, and the garden!
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