The Prairie plants are really coming into there own and of course with this the butterflies. So many plants are the host for larvae, some for nectar and of course there's the birds and the bees. But we won't go into that right now.
|Purple Cone Flower-Echinacea angustifolia|
Irresistible to butterflies and American
Gold Finch. Popular as an herbal remedy.
|Prairie Blazing Star-Liatris pycnostachya|
Showy tall prairie plant, Loved by deer,
cattle and butterflies.
|Common Yarrow-Achillea millefolium|
Named from the legend that it could treat
bleeding wounds, often used as a
|Common Milkweed-Asclepias syriaca|
Exclusive host plant for Monarch butterflies.
The sap the caterpillars ingest make them
toxic to birds.
|Lead Plant-Amorpha canescenscan |
Woody shrub that can live for centuries.
Used for folk medicine and teas.
Thought to grow over lead ore deposits.
|Evening Primrose-Oenothera biennis|
A biennial of the Prairie, Flowers
open in the evening until noon next day.
Pollinated by the Sphinx moth.
|Purple Prairie Clover-Petalostemum purpurem|
My new favorite. Grows in big clumps
of ferny foliage thimble like flowers.
Host plant for dogface butterflies.
|White Prairie Clover-Petalostemum candida|
.Tiny white flowers on single stem.
Pea family, great for adding nitrogen to soil.
|Partridge Pea-Chamaecrista fastciulate|
Annual of prairie plant. Leaves fold
up on sunny days.
Also called sensitive pea.
|Queen Annes Lace-Daucus corata|
Escapee into the Prairie Host for Black
Swallow Tail Butterfly