Flowing Coneflowers

Overgrown Coneflowers

Flowing Coneflowers © 2011 Bo Mackison

Coneflowers are a symbol of strength — and the purple coneflower is also a potent healing.

These bright, beautiful blossoms are long-lasting, adding bright hues of purple for late July and August. Coneflowers have great character in their many stages of growth and decline, and then finally decay. A grace and posture accompany the coneflower through each of its life stages – bud, brightly petaled flower, dying flower, and the lovely seedhead.

The bright orange cone heads contrasting with the bright to pale pinks and purples are one of the prettiest natural contrasts in the prairie garden.

I never tire of the sway of orange, purple, pink — and they make me smile.

It is hard not to make friends with this patch of flowers.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is spending every available hour in one of the many area gardens these days — sometimes with camera in hand, sometimes relaxing on a blanket spread on the grassy hills, sometimes just looking, gazing, and taking it all in. Trying to hold onto a special moment a bit longer than a moment.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. they always seem to have those hanging leaves, makes them look sad, but the color brightens it back up

  2. Cone flowers are one of my favs. They also remind me of Saturday Night Live.

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