Another Quick Prairie Update 7/06/2018

 Here are two more shots from the prairie – taken July 6, 2018. You can see a lot of black eyed susans. I walked the entire prairie and was able to identify at least 7 or 8 of the 48 species we planted – and a whole lot more that we didn’t.

It’s so beautiful and orange/yellow right now – with little hints of white and purple.

Here are the species that are visible to me right now and whether we planted them or not:

Wild

  • Yarrow
  • Round Headed Bush Clover
  • Twin False Dandelion
  • American dragon head
  • Horseweed (or mare’s tail)
  • Salsify
  • Fleabane
  • Hoary allysum
  • Four O clock umbrella wort
  • Horsetail (a reed in our dry sand prairie!)
  • American Vetch
  • Hoary Puccoon
  • Perennial evening primrose
  • Flowering spurge
  • Prairie Sedge
  • Thistles
  • Sheep sorrel
  • Pepper grass
  • Perennial ground cherry
  • Purple love grass
  • Smartweed

Planted  

  • Common Milkweed
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Spotted Bee Balm
  • Partridge Pea
  • Wild lupine
  • Gray Goldenrod
  • Long headed coneflower
  • Hoary Vervain

Of these – the black eyed susans and spotted bee balm are both rather plentiful. BES were 4% of our seed mix and SBB was 1%. Everything else is pretty minor.

We are still missing the prairie clovers (together 12% of our mix) and I have not been able to identify any of the miscellaneous grasses beyond purple love grass. I will continue to update as the prairie progresses and our mix of plants shifts.

The forbs did a great job of holding back the mare’s tail and crab grass this year. They are much less intense and we only had to mow down a few areas that were primarily annual weeds.

We will mow at the end of fall to keep down the Siberian elm and box elder trees that are starting to gain hold. Eventually, we will be able to cut out individual trees but this year there are too many so a mowing will do the best job.

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