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Art Show: Flower of the Month: Medicinal Plants

I Only Have Eyes for You

by Deanne Flouton

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Art: I Only Have Eyes for You by Artist Deanne Flouton
The genus name is from the Greek echino, meaning "spiny", due to the spiny central disk. They are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing to 1 or 2 m in height.

According to some studies Echinacea, when taken at first sign of a cold, reduced cold symptoms or shortened their duration. Others say it has no clinically significant effect on the common cold even if taken immediately, however, it does have a following.

Echinacea is popularly believed to be an immunostimulator, stimulating the body's non-specific portion of their immune system and warding off infections.

Whether its components when ingested, are effective or not, is irrelevant to me. I like the look of this flower and it makes a lovely addition to my poolside garden. A bit of whimsy and fantasy has been added to this image which naturally grew as a "double headed" flower on one stem.

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