purple daisy-like flower with large cone-shaped center disk called purple coneflower or echinacea purpurea
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Purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

This perennial can grow into clumps 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Blossoms can measure up to 3 inches across and plants feature dark green, coarse foliage. Large purplish-brown centers are skirted by lavender to purple petals. This plant will draw butterflies all summer, is drought-tolerant, and pest and disease resistant. USDA Zone 3-9

TOH Tip: This is the plant immunity-boosting that Echinacea is derived from. You can pick and dry these to add to a tea recipe.
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