|At a prairie preserve in southwest Arkansas|
Echinacea purpurea, the eastern purple coneflower, purple coneflower, hedgehog coneflower, or echinacea, is a North American species of flowering plant in the sunflower family. It is native to parts of eastern North America and present to some extent in the wild in much of the eastern, southeastern and midwestern United States as well as in the Canadian Province of Ontario. It is most common in the Ozarks and in the Mississippi/Ohio Valley. Its habitats include dry open woods, prairies and barrens.
From scientific Latin Echinacea, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhînos, “hedgehog”) (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) + -acea.
- IPA(key): /ˌɛkɪˈneɪsɪə/, /ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃɪə/, /ˌɛkɪˈneɪʃə/
- (weak vowel merger) IPA(key): /ˌɛkəˈneɪsɪə/, /ˌɛkəˈneɪʃɪə/, /ˌɛkəˈneɪʃə/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃə
echinacea (countable and uncountable, plural echinaceas)