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Floral Friday Fotos: Prideful Purple Coneflowers

Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench

Eastern purple coneflower, Purple coneflower

A popular perennial with smooth, 2-5 ft. stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Rough, scattered leaves that become small toward the top of the stem. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and have domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping, lavender rays. An attractive perennial with purple (rarely white), drooping rays surrounding a spiny, brownish central disk.

The genus name is from the Greek echino, meaning hedgehog, an allusion to the spiny, brownish central disk. The flowers of Echinacea species are used to make an extremely popular herbal tea, purported to help strengthen the immune system; an extract is also available in tablet or liquid form in pharmacies and health food stores. Often cultivated, Purple Coneflower is a showy, easily grown garden plant.

Unfortunately, this flower garden is not my own, though the photos are!  The coneflowers belong to a neighbor/colleague down the road from our house.  It is an incredible sight!

Thank you for stopping by.  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

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Floral Friday Fotos: Luscious Lilies ~

Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs, all with large prominent flowers. Lilies are a group of flowering plants which are important in culture and literature in much of the world. 

Yellow lily macro

 

Orange Lily macro

 

Pink Lily Macro

 

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy!  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

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Floral Friday Fotos: Marvelous Marigolds ~

Marvelous Marigolds

Marvelous Marigolds

Marigolds are hardy, annual plants and are great plants for cheering up any garden. Broadly, there are two genuses which are referred to by the common name, Marigolds viz. Tagetes and Celandula. Tagetes includes African Marigolds and French Marigolds. Celandula includes Pot Marigolds.  Marigold (Calendula) is an extremely effective herb for the treatment of skin problems and can be used wherever there is inflammation of the skin.  In South Asia, bright yellow and orange Marigold flowers are used in their thousands and placed in garlands and to decorate religious statues and buildings. They are also used as offerings and decoration at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.  Pigments in Marigolds are sometimes extracted and used as a food coloring for humans and livestock.

But I like them simply because of their pretty color and long lasting beauty!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!  TTFN ~ Tamara

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