Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
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(Echinacea purpurea)

During the summer months, the stems bear purplish flowers with daisy-like, droopy petals; but come winter, its stiff, cone-like center attracts a wide range of birds. 'Bright Star,' also known as 'Leuchstern,' is one of the faster-growing cultivars with bright rose to lavender-pink blooms up to 12 inches wide from June to August.

Grows 30 to 48 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9; full sun to partial shade.
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