© 2005 Honor Marks
Smooth Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea laevigata)
Federal Endangered Species
oil on canvas
24" x 36"

Extremely rare, the Smooth Purple Coneflower is at risk due to fire suppression and collection by people mistaking it for medicinal echinacea (its cousin Echinacea purpurea) which strengthens the immune system helping fight off colds.