Eastern Purple Coneflower or Purple Coneflower Pink Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) at The Central Park Conservatory Garden. Located between 103d and 105th streets just west of 5th avenue.
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Echinacea purpurea From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Recognizable by its purple cone-shaped flowers, it is native to eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwest United States and often known as the purple coneflower.
Echinacea purpurea is also grown as an ornamental plant, and numerous cultivars have been developed for flower quality and plant form.
This perennial flowering plant is 1.2 m tall and 0.5 m wide at maturity. Depending on the climate, it begins to bloom in late May or early July, before losing its flowers in August. Its flowers are hermaphroditic, having both male and female organs on each flower. It is pollinated by butterflies. Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies and barrens, as well as cultivated beds. Although the plant prefers loamy or sandy, well-drained soils, it is little affected by the soil's ph. Unable to grow in the shade, Echinacea purpurea thrives in either dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought, once established.
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