Here’s my technique for removing the seeds from an Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower. Note – now is the time to start planting these seeds. They do need cold-stratification. I’m using the method recommended by Shaw Nature Reserve.
Caveat : I ended up with a blister on one finger with this method. I’d recommend wearing a bandaid on your index finger or a glove on your hand. I’m going to buy pliers with a Spring-Loaded Hinge, to get around this problem. You can also work the pliers without the spring, you just need to let the handle fall open.