You must have a favorite flower. Everybody does. Some love tulips or sunflowers, others melt with the scent of roses. For me they are too average. It’s Echinacea or Cone Flower that stole my heart. They just do it for me. I think they are embedded in our genes since every child draws a coneflower if they are asked to draw a flower. They are the flowers amongst flowers. Their fair shaped paddles, their bright colors, their yellow to brown cones. They resemble the architype of a flower.
Echinacea have a long history of being cultivated. Indians, monks, farmers; they all used the flower for its medical powers. We only for their great appearance.
These days they’re able to create new breeds in laboratories. They make fantastic colors. Here’s a short interview with a nursery that’s specialized in this.
I’ve collected some great varieties and will continue to do so… Which ones do you have?