Prairie sea urchin…

Echinacea, aka, Purple Coneflower gets it’s Greek name from the seedhead’s resemblence to a sea urchin. Seems like a stretch to give a name for something found in Midwest prairie lands; though prairies have been called a “sea of grasses”. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
These end-of-season Coneflowers were part of the Lurie Garden mentioned in yesterday’s post. All stages of bloom are interesting. I used to leave the seedheads all winter so that the Goldfinch could feast on them. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
By contrast Coneflowers do come in colors other than the most common Purple variety. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
The seedheads hold design interest in the prairie end-of-season land. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
The petals of the Purple Coneflower seem to dance in the prairie. Each petal bending in its own manner. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Lurie Garden in the heart of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue neighborhood is a “must see”. For me, living in the heart of the big city nowadays, it is a natural respite for my soul. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg

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