Purple Cone Flower - Echinacea purpurea is a native prairie wildflower (native to the Eastern half of the lower 48 states). It is regularly found in gardens due to it's bold appearance and it attracts a wide variety of butterflies.
The flower is regularly used to make a herbal tea, purported to help strengthen the immune system. An extract can be found in liquid and tablet form in many health food stores.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.