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This native perennial's deep root system helps in resisting drought and is commonly seen in fields and prairies. The flowers are usually less than 1/2" across and coarse hairs cover the stems and leaves. Growing 2'-4' tall it blooms summer to early fall. Livestock avoids the plant because of it's bitter juice.
Blooming in spring to early summer, these perennials are usually less than 6" tall and can be found in dry to moist prairies as well as open woodlands. The arrow-shaped leaves grow 1"-4" long, they're pointed at the top and heart-shaped at the bottom with shallow teeth-like projections. Each stem holds a single purple 5 petaled flower.
|Violet, Birds Foot
A native wildflower of dry and open prairies that blooms from mid to late spring. The birds-foot shaped leaves and stems from this hardy perennial arise from the rootstock. It grows best in full or filtered sun with well-drained acidic soil and can rot if the soil is too wet. Companion plants could be lance-leaved coreposis, purple prairie clover, prairie smoke and pasqueflower.
One of the most common Violets that can be found in wet to medium woodlands and meadows. The flowers, which can be hidden by the leaves, can have color variations such as white with blue center.
A hardy perennial that will tolerate full sun to partial shade but needs moist soil. The trumpet-shaped flowers sit in clusters atop smooth stems that are 10"-24" tall. Sky-blue to lavendar flowers appear midspring but the entire plant disappears by midsummer.
This hardy perennial, a member of the mint family, grows 2'-4' high and grows well in full sun or partial shade. The square fuzzy stems hold 2" flowerheads which also make good cut flowers. Easiest to propagate by seed and stratification is not required but may help the seeds to germinate faster. Companion plants could be Butterfly Milkweed, Black-eyed Susan, Thickspiked Blazingstar and Culvers Root to name a few.
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