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Whats he doing here?

This is our flower!

 

Coneflower is a common name of at least four genera of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae:

 

Dracopis

Echinacea

Rudbeckia

Ratibida

  

Echinacea is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are endemic to eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word (echino), meaning "sea urchin," due to the spiny central disk. Some species are used in herbal medicines and some are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers.

 

Strong daisy shapes and large flowers, up to 15cm (6in) across, are features of this North American prairie plant which flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The flowers last well and attract bees and other insects, as well as being suitable for cutting. Echinacea is a popular component of the current trend for prarie-style planting, along with rudbeckias, achilleas and grasses. Seeds may be saved for sowing in spring.

 

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, and are known for their role in pollination and for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently classified by the unranked taxon name Anthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.

 

Bees are adapted for feeding on and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae.

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Taken on September 9, 2012