this gorgeous flower is commonly called a coneflower.
It's one of a few types, and this particular one is also known as
being used in homeopathic remedies for colds and flu, amongst other things...
I took these images at the annual Herb Happening on the Doonholm Farm -
a local nursery that specialises in (amongst other things) herbs.
They have a great herbal labyrinth - really worth replicating in your own
garden if you have the space, and well as a Monastic herb garden
(in the original layout of monastic gardens)
a butterfly was kind enough to "pose" for me ....
I guess this is why it's called a coneflower???
and also more flower images here
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