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Black Sampson


Black Sampson, Konza Prairie, Kansas, United States

© Judd Patterson (Photo #119)

Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Focal Length: 78mm
Date: June 11, 2003
Location: Konza Prairie (Kansas)

Comments: Also referred to as Purple Coneflower or simply Echinacea, this plant is a well-known prairie specimen. Its root has a known numbing effect that was utilized centuries ago by Native Americans. This plant is now commonly touted as an ingredient in supplements meant to stimulate the immune system. Due in part to these medicinal uses, it has been overcollected in some portions of the United States. The Konza Prairie has a large, healthy population that is absolutely gorgeous throughout much of June.