Today was Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve. I learned how to use an atlatl, saw many cool exhibits, ate a bison burger, and took a walk through the prairie with the camera. While the brutal drought is still evident throughout the region, the recent rains seem to be aiding in the fall bloom season. Anywho, I took a few photos. Here is just one for now.
I’m fairly sure this is Prairie or Downy Gentian (Gentiana puberulenta). These beautiful perennials, at less than 2 feet tall, could be easily missed in a full prairie, were it not for the vibrant blue-purple flowers. And yes, it’s native. And yes, it’s drought resistant. Why not try something like this in your sunny flower garden? Grow Native!