My friend, Jannine, and I recently enjoyed the Midwest Native Plant Conference at Dayton, Ohio. I learned a lot from presenters and other attendees. The conference concluded with field trips, and Jannine and I chose the 112-acre Huffman Prairie which is located on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I had hoped for blossoms and was not disappointed.
It was a nice surprise to see that many of the plants in our backyard also do well in the prairie, including purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) and blazing stars (Liatris spp.).
Blossoms also included the bright-red royal catchfly (Silene regia). Not surprisingly, these plants looked quite different when mixed together in large patches – like giant bouquets.
It’s wonderful to imagine the original native prairies of long ago, and sad to realize that only a small remnant of them still exists. I’m delighted to have visited one in full bloom.