Friday, March 22, 2013

Flower Power Friday

 

This week we are featuring......
Enchinacea also known as the Coneflower
 
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The Coneflower or Echinacea are pretty easy to grow.  They are a perennial flower and prefer full sun to part sun and are drought tolerant.  These flowers stand about 2-4 feet tall.   Coneflowers bloom in summer through fall.  They come in a variety of colors such as the common purple (pictured below) as well as cream, orange, red, and pink.  The purple coneflower is used for many herbal remedies.  It's a primary ingredient used to make herbal teas for strengthen the immune system.
 
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Above a "Clouded Sulphur" butterfly is enjoying the nectar of the coneflower
 
Echinacea or Coneflower are great in any garden.  Cluster them for a full punch of color or use them in a border.  They are also great in cut flower arrangements too.
 

Interesting Facts.....
~Did you know that the only major pest the purple coneflower has in the Japanese beetle.  These beetles will devour the flower  
~The Purple coneflower is deer resistant
~Songbirds love the seeds from the dried flower heads
~Butterflies are very attracted to these beautiful flowers
~The Echinacea is related to the Black-eyed Susan
 

Quote of the week.........
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams

On a side note......
It has come to my attention that Google Reader will no longer be in effect as of July 1, 2013.  So I have added Bloglovin for all my future follower to follow me on.  You can also follow me on Networked Blogs too.
 
 
Have an Awesome Weekend!
 

6 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I always love the interesting facts you add too. I had no idea the purple coneflower is deer resistant. =0)
    ~Kim
    visiting from Blogging Buddies
    www.2justByou.com

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  2. beautiful photography! I am stopping by from blogging buddies. Come by and see me at http://tweetandhootpaper.blogspot.com/ some time!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I'll be stopping by!

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  3. I'm here from the etsy blog team. I love coneflowers. I have a couple in my yard, but would like to get some more this year.

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