The Coneflower is a wonderful addition to any perennial bed. They are rugged (much like our Dexters) and thrive in almost any soil condition. They also are a floral magnet attracting butterflies and song birds to their raised daisy like centers.
I first became interested in cone flowers many years ago but not because of their beauty.
Also known as Enchinacea, which is quite interesting in that the name is derived from the Greek word, έχοντος which means hedgehog. A good description of the quill like centers.
Echinacea is well known as a holistic herb, and even though big pharma and FDA try to discredit its properties, I have found its leaves helpful in fighting mild headaches and strengthening immmune system.