Milford votes tonight for official city flower

Eastern Purple Coneflower, growing outside the Milford Historical Society last year.

Eastern Purple Coneflower, growing outside the Milford Historical Society last year.

After 375 years, the City of Milford is poised to vote for an official city flower.

The Board of Aldermen is set to vote for the flower at tonight’s board meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Milford City Hall.

The suggested flower is the Echinacea purpurea Magnus, commonly known as the Eastern Purple Coneflower.

According to a resolution included in the agenda packet for tonight’s meeting, it “is a Connecticut native perennial used by Native Americans for herbal and medicinal use to ward off infection and disease, and to relieve pain.”

Milford city flower

Milford is poised to vote for the Eastern Purple Coneflower as its official city flower.

The choosing of a city flower is tied in with the celebration of the city’s 375th anniversary this year. Anniversary Committee Chairman Robert Gregory said the Milford Garden Club came up with the idea of naming a city flower and thought the anniversary would be a good time to do so.

In a letter to the mayor, Garden Club representative Bunny Elmore said the club supports the Eastern Purple Coneflower because it is native to the state, it was used by Native Americans and because it has a long bloom time, from June through August.

It’s also a bright flower that attracts bees and butterflies; it’s deer resistant, drought tolerant and wind resistant.

“Inexpensive and widely available, it is among the top five perennials in sales,” Elmore wrote.

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