Photo of the Week: Colorful Cones

The Heritage Farm is full of beautiful blooms this summer.

Coneflowers at Heritage Farm

Posted July 11, 2013. Photo by Amy Landers/ABQ BioPark.

A wash of color fills the Heritage Farmyard at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Four varieties of coneflower, or Echinacea, are interplanted with other flowers and herbs.

Echinacea is a genus of wildflowers that originates from North American prairies and open forests. Early settlers found Native Americans using the flowers as medicinal herbs, and pioneers fed their horses coneflower to relieve stomachaches. The bright colored blossoms also make attractive garden plants and attract many different pollinators, including bees, butterflies and beetles.

Come see Echinacea, daisies, cosmos, hollyhocks, roses, poppies and many other blooms at the Heritage Farm this month.

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