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Through the Year 2014 July–December

Through the year 2014 July–December 6/28/14  Classic prairie combination for late June-early July:  Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), and Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata).  They don’t seem to be as prolific as usual this year, perhaps because it was a rather cool summer, as Midwestern summers go, and […]

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prairie dock leaves in schulenberg prairie

July Silphium

July Silphium Few grieved when the last buffalo left Wisconsin, and few will grieve when the last Silphium follows him to the lush prairies of the never-never land.   Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac Silphium stand out in the prairie, not only because of their enormous size, but because of their interesting attributes. I didn’t […]

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Prairie dock leaves Nov.

The Big Show Has Ended, but Some Color Lingers On

The big show has almost ended, but some colorful leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers linger  on. Part 1 Herbaceous plants and grasses. The clusters of lavender-blue daisy flowers of Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) are still in bloom.  It grows 2-4′ tall, blooming from September through early November. The Heath Aster (Aster ericoides), so-called because its […]

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