Prairie Natives That Provide Winter Interest
As winter approaches, plant forms and habits reveal themselves in their dried, browned states. I especially like the taller prairie natives, that are sturdy and stick up through the snow providing interest in the winter landscape.
A favorite of native bees, this tall upright native perennial has showy yellow flowers with petals that hang downwards from the tall center cone. It likes dry, sandy, sunny sites and flowers from early July into August.
The seeds are emerging from the dried pods right now, their white silky hairs are attractive in their own right.
Another tall prairie native, it can reach heights of 4 feet in moister locations or seasons. Another bee favorite (as well as the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth), it flowers from mid July into August.
© Heather Holm, 2015. Heather Holm