Origin of echinacea
- New Latin Echīnācea genus name from Latin echīnus sea urchin (from its rough leaves) echinus
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From scientific Latin Echinacea, from Ancient Greek ἐχῖνος (ekhinos, “hedgehog”) (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) + -acea.
- Echinus (“species of anemone”) + -acea