Mystery plant 081

This wildflower is native to central and eastern portions of North America. When you recognize it, leave a comment with its common name, scientific name and a story about your connection with it.


Leaves in spring


Leaves and flower bud


Flower bud, stem and leaf arrangement


Opening flower bud




Plants in bloom


Seed head in late winter


ANSWER (subsequently added to this post to facilitate the “search” function for these images): Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Also, read the blog post and watch the plant portrait video for Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).

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9 Responses to Mystery plant 081

  1. Eva Montanez says:

    echinacae or cone flower. I grow a variety called Sunset.

  2. lorelei burcroff says:

    I think it’s yellow coneflower?

  3. Val says:

    Echinacea purpurea

  4. Joyce Hochsprung says:

    echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower

  5. Pam says:

    I love to see the groups of goldfinches feeding on the seedheads of coneflowers this time of year!

  6. Carole says:

    Fun to see I was right. Thanks for a good challenge

  7. Dave says:

    Definitely purple coneflower

  8. Angelyn says:

    Yes, this is Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It’s such a popular plant that many varieties have been developed and enjoyed by gardeners.

  9. Vic Lea says:

    Purple coneflower
    We had them in one of our pastures on our ranch in southern Iowa about 40 years ago. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned how healthful they are.

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