Purple Coneflowers Blooming

This is a Purple Coneflower plant- one of my favorite flowering plants.  According to the Sunset Western Garden Book edited by Kathleen Norris Brenzel, this plant is native to central and eastern North America.  It blooms for a long time from the summer into the fall.  Some people are tempted to remove the spent flowers, but last year I left them in the garden into the winter.  During the winter I saw birds landing on the dead flower heads and eating the seeds.  Don’t be so quick to throw away plants when they fade in the fall!  Wildlife might still find them useful and flock to your yard.

Here is a closeup of one bud starting to bloom…

…and here it is in full bloom.

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