Wild Flower Hill Prairie

Base of Wildflower Hill

This prairie was planted in the fall of 2022 and rewarded us with numerous flowering plants as shown below. In the spring, black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) created an ocean of yellow. The name is inspired by the dark brown center of the yellow of the daisy-like flower. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, native to North America and a favorite of pollinators. Yellow gave way to white in the fall, perhaps a harbinger of the winter to come. The mostly white prairie was sprinkled with blue as two other members of the aster family took over. The predominant white blossoms are produced by Panicled asters (?) Symphyotrichum lanceolatum. The blue accents are New England Asters, Symphyotrichum novae-anglia. Get out of your car and walk up to the prairie to see the grasses, most notably Canadian wildrye, Elymus canadensis. On the inflorescence look for the sharp, hard, curling awns.

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