Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada
Wildflowers bloom in the Sierra Nevada

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Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea
Asteraceae family


      Well, it's not a true native, but it's a very common plant in any area and is well known for its medicinal properties. These showy flowers appear in mid to late summer on stiff stems which grow up to 4-5 feet. It is a hardy plant and blooms for long periods. Purple Coneflower is named for it's cone or dome-shaped seeding body. Its beautiful pink-purple petal is edible, making it an excellent salad garnish. Echinacea is a well-known immune system builder and can be found with the vitamins in the supermarket. It is also of use in fighting infection in the early stges.
Black Willow

Silver Buffaloberry

 

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