05 Aug '11, 3am

Welcome back Tennessee purple coneflower, glad we could help: (Via @Treehugger)

Welcome back Tennessee purple coneflower, glad we could help: (Via @Treehugger)

The delicately hued petals and striking brown florets of Tennessee's purple coneflower once seemed fated to live on only in description, or as a ghostly sketch yellowing on the page of some dusty botanical volume, yet today it's thriving. For over half a century after it was first discovered, the flower was believed to have died out entirely, never to be seen again dotting the cedar glades of central Tennessee. But now, after years on the endangered species list, the purple coneflower has made a remarkable recovery -- bouncing back from the brink of extinction like few other species have done before. In a rare, but hard-fought victory, officials announced plans to remove the Tennessee purple coneflower from the endangered species list. The flower had the unfortunate distinction of being one of the first plants placed on the list when it was added back in 1979 -- but that w...

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