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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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Posted on August 12, 2014 and filed under Inspiration, Fave perennial, Perennials.