Echinacea purpurea very much depends on other organisms to carry out the process of reproduction.  The purple coneflower is a perennial plant that has large blooms in the summertime producing large quantities of nectar.  Different organisms, particularly bees and butterflies, come to Echinacea purpurea to feed off the nectar.  Thus, the purple coneflower uses this to its advantage.  As the pollinating organisms fly from flower to flower eating the nectar, they collect the flower’s seeds on their feet, where they will drop them on the ground.  Eventually these seeds will germinate and form a brand new patch of Echinacea purpurea.  The purple coneflower also has the ability to self seed and pollinate.  After a year of growth, the seed heads will dry out and disperse all over the ground.  There they can either germinate in that spot where they landed, or have the wind carry them to a new spot forming another patch of Echinacea purpurea.  The seeds are produced through an alternation of generations where the diploid and haploid stages use the process of meiosis and mitosis. 
Besides the method of pollination, the purple coneflower has also adapted to produce rhizomes as another means of reproduction.  Rhizomes are a network of large roots that have the ability to spread underground and become independent organisms.  To learn about another organism that has rhizomes, St. John's Wort, click here.

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