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Wildflower Wednesday

This week’s Wildflower Wednesday featured flower it the Cutleaf Coneflower

 

Cutleaf Coneflower is a native flower that grows up to 10 feet tall.  It blooms from July to September and prefers full sun and moist soil. 

 

It is an enthusiastic spreader; one plant will multiply quickly  into a colony.

 

It gets its common name “cutleaf” from its large leaves that appear to be torn or cut.

 

It was a popular plant among Native Americans and early settlers, used for treating worms and upset stomachs and as a poultice to treat wounds and burns.

 

In early spring the leaves were harvested and eaten for general health.

 

It was a common belief that rubbing it on your horse’s chest and legs would boost their energy.




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