Thursday, May 14, 2009

Golden Alexander

Here at Prairie Hill Farm the prairie is slow to awaken. We've already had plenty of the spring woodland wildflowers in our grove come and go and others coming into their peak, but our first flush of spring on the prairie pasture here is now underway and the honor goes to a member of the carrot family: the Golden Alexander. This native perennial with compound umbels of small yellow flowers is not largely impressive by itself but in large groups can be a great sight for early spring.

The things I like about this forb is all the pollinators that it brings in, and it's a sign of more to come! I wait all winter for the prairie to wake back up and although it's not the first forb to bloom in the tallgrass (that goes to the Pasque Flower), it is the first one here...may the blooming continue!

No comments: