Mixed Coneflowers

Mixed Coneflowers

Mixed Coneflowers © 2011 Bo Mackison

Purple coneflowers are robust perennials which are native to the midwestern prairies of the United States. The three- to four-inch wide flowers are arranged individually on long stems and surround an iridescent red-orange, cone-shaped center. I occasionally see white coneflowers, but rarely see them mixed together in one patch.

Coneflowers typically begin to bloom in July and are long bloomers, they often in flower for a month or more. When I see the coneflowers, I am always startled by the bright orange cones. They look like glowing cones, especially as seen on the purple-petaled flowers.

The generic name for the coneflower is Echinacea from the Greek word echinos which means hedgehog. It refers to the spiky appearance and feel of the flower heads.

I photographed these coneflowers at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. After a steady, early morning rainfall, the flowers were in prime condition for some morning portraits. What a fun morning!

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. White and Pink, Black and White, we all need to live on this earth together

  2. Gandalf says:

    Hedgehog – how about that. Makes sense when you take that closer look. I like the diagonal in the photo.

  3. Very beautiful photo Bo!

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