I love coneflowers and grow them in my garden as I tend to be drawn to the beauty of native wildflowers and they thrive in our dry climate and rocky soil. Prairie coneflower, also known as Mexican hat, is part of the daisy family. They grow up to 36 inches in height and flower throughout the summer.
First Nations Peoples often dried the petals as food, used the leaves for tea and the roots to create a yellow dye. The leaves and stems were boiled to relieve pain such as headaches, stomach aches and fevers. It was also used to treat poison ivy and rattlesnake bites.
Honouring the Ancestors
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