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Flint Hills, Kansas Isolated on a grassy hilltop at the Konza Prairie Preserve, a purple coneflower stands tall against a setting sun. Found throughout most of the Great Plains, the coneflower blooms in mid-summer and is one of the more showy flowers of the prairies. Part of the Echinacea family, it was an important medicinal plant of the Great Plains Indians. Today their healing properties beyond the aesthetic are garnering serious attention and study once again.