coneflower is found all over Missouri and Kansas; it flourishes
in the dry soil of open rocky pastures. The taproot can go
down five to eight feet, allowing the plant to survive during
periods of drought.
from the Greek word meaning hedgehog and refers to the spiny
bristles of the disk flowers. Birds, especially the Meadow
Lark, are attracted to the seeds of purple coneflower.
coneflower was used by Native Americans to treat toothaches,
sore throats, mumps, wounds and burns. The root contains
pain-reducing compounds; chewing a small portion will numb the