When I ordered more dried Echinacea purpurea last week, I remembered the Echinacea purpurea flowers I saw in the gardens at the Arboretum last summer. There were two cultivated varieties: “Big Sky Sundown” and “Big Sky Harvest Moon.” The “Big Sky Harvest Moon” flowers were yellow and orange. They flowered in early June. The “Big Sky Sundown” flowers were in full bloom by early July.
The Peterson Field Guide to Wildflowers gives Purple Coneflower as the common name of Echinacea purpurea. It is native to this area. Last week, I noticed the flowers in the wildflower gardens I walked by on the way to the grocery store.
I like to make tea from the dried Echinacea purpurea. I soak a small handful in 2 cups of hot water for 5 minutes and then strain. The tea tastes a little like oatmeal to me.
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