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Purple Coneflower

Native to central and southeastern United States, this showy perennial was first sent to Europe by Reverend John Banister, an English chaplain sent to Virginia by Bishop Compton in 1678.1 John Clayton collected this plant from Virginia and sent it to Europe in the 1700s.2 In the 19th century, Thomas Fessenden, an important American garden writer, commented on coneflowers: "many flowers," "very durable," "much admired."

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