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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Prairie Fireworks

With summertime comes a whole new cast of showy plants to emerge among the culms of cold season grasses. The bright yellows and reds dot the endless horizon as far as the eye can see, giving off a grand finale of color right in time for the Fourth. 

Scarlet globe mallow (Sphaeralcea coccinea) and candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

Silver scurf pea (Psoralea esculenta) and wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum)

Western snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) and scarlet gaura (Gaura coccinea)

Buffalo ground plum (Astragalus crassicarpus) and blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Lilac penstemon (Penstemon gracilis) and harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)