A field of echinacea or coneflowers.
- any of a genus (Echinacea) of North American plants of the composite family, esp. a coneflower (E. purpurea) with purple flowers
- a medicinal herb made from the roots, leaves, etc. of certain of these plants
- Any of several coneflowers of the genus Echinacea, having usually pinkish-purple ray flowers.
- The roots, seeds, or other parts of such a plant, used in herbal medicine.
Origin of echinaceaNew Latin Echīnācea, genus name, from Latin echīnus, sea urchin (from its rough leaves); see echinus.
eastern purple coneflower
(countable and uncountable, plural echinaceas)
From scientific Latin Echinacea, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”) (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) + -acea.