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  • Narrow-leaved purple coneflower in bloom

    Narrow-leaved Purple Coneflower, Echinacea angustifolia


    Narrow-leaved purple coneflower is the only purple coneflower native to Minnesota. It is seldom found in the nursery trade, unlike the eastern coneflower and pale purple coneflower. Narrow-leaved purple coneflower is a showy resident of dry sandy prairies. It begins blooming in late June and attracts many different types of pollinators. It grows from a…

  • Downy painted cup in bloom

    Downy painted cup Castilleja sessiliflora


    Downy Painted Cup (also called Downy Paintbrush, Great Plains Paintbrush, Great Plains Indian-paintbrush) is an early blooming plant of dry areas with very poor soil. It is partially parasitic, attaching itself to the roots of nearby plants thereby sharing moisture and nutrients. It has very attractive spiked blossoms that bloom early in the season. Once…

  • Ground plumb in bloom

    Ground Plum, Astragalus crassicarpus


    Ground plum, also called buffalo bean or buffalo pea is an attractive early-season legume that produces edible seed pods that taste like garden peas. However, some species of Astragalus are poisonous, so one should not consume without being sure of a positive identification. Ground plum is short statured, growing to a  maximum of 12″. In…

  • Hairy golden aster in bloom

    Hairy Golden Aster, Chrysopsis villosa


    A short statured prolific bloomer, hairy golden aster is a great pollen source throughout much of the summer. It favors dry sandy soils and is often found growing amongst silky and heath aster. When lacking competition, it can sometimes grow into something resembling a small bush. In the fall its blooms become fluffy golden orbs,…

  • prairie turnip in bloom

    Prairie Turnip Pediomelum esculentum


    The prairie turnip is one of those special plants that carries with it a very rich story. It is called timpsila by the Lakota, tipsinah by the Dakota, and the French called it Pomme de terre. Should you be lucky enough to find one, you know that you are standing on a prairie remnant that…

  • SOLD OUT! Silky aster in bloom

    Silky Aster, Symphyotrichum sericeum


    Silky asters emerge in May from a cluster of fuzzy basal leaves. They are velvety soft and give off a beautiful silver sheen. As the year progresses, the plant stretches into long thin branches, taking on an almost bush-like stature, with small silver leaves. Finally, in late summer the show really gets going with a…

  • White beardtongue in bloom

    White Beardtongue, Penstemon albidus


    White Beardtongue <I>Penstemon albidus</I> is a short statured early summer flower of the dry prairies.