Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) are hardy perennial flowers native to the east-central United States, usually found growing wild in open wooded areas, prairies, and roadsides. They are also a favorite garden plant putting on their best flowering show in the heat of the summer when other flowers are wilting in the heat. Coneflowers thrive on little attention and will bloom until frost. If left in place the spiky seed heads will remain into the winter and are enjoyed by finches.
The common name, coneflower, comes from the characteristic cone shape of the seed head of the flower. The generic name, Echinacea, is rooted in the Greek word echinos, meaning hedgehog, referring to the spiky appearance and feel of the flower seed heads.