Wildflowers - Purple Coneflower
Stiff, hairy stem 1 to 2 feet tall topped by a spiky, dark-brown flower head disk with pink-purple petals. The root of this plant was the most important medicine for many Plains Indians tribes. When chewed or mashed and applied like a paste, its properties are that of a local anesthetic, which led to its use for treating snakebites, burns, toothache, arthritis, measles, sore muscles, and more. Echinacea products are sold in stores today as boosts to the immune system. Popularity of this herbal medicine has, unfortunately, led to a drastic reduction in remaining wild stands of this plant.