Friday, August 7, 2009

Native Prairie Plants

Just to change things up a bit, below are photos of some native prairie plants we came across on our recent canoe trip this summer down the South Saskatchewan River. Not sure if all these are pre-European contact, but they've at least been around on the prairies for some time (I'm guessing a few decades at least).

Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

White Evening Primrose (Oenothera nuttallii)

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)
Just finished blooming.

Scarlet Mallow (Malvastrum coccineum)
Blooms are closed.

I'd like to try growing some of these in the yard sometime. If anyone has attempted to grow these, please share about the experience!

FYI, just posted an older post that shows up with June 30 date:


The Blog Fodder said...

GReat phots. Please post more. I never knew the names of these (other than prickly pear).

Ann said...

I have pricky pear in my yard - it was there when we moved here 7 years ago and thrives even though neglected. If you want to get a cutting, let me know.