You may have noticed the colorful blooms along the highways and in many ditches around North Iowa right now. Native prairie plants are really putting on a show, each week adding more beautiful blooms to the mix. it’s easy to add these to your yard, so you can enjoy these showy blooms without leaving home.
Here are 5 Must Have prairie plants to add to your landscape.
Blazing Star, Gayfeather or Liatris
Blooms mid to late July, easy to care for, a bee and butterfly favorite, and makes an interesting cut flower
2. Yarrow or Achillea
Commonly used in butterfly gardens, drought resistant, colors vary from pinks, reds, to yellow
3. Coneflower or Echinacea
prolific bloomers from midsummer into fall, grow 2-4’ high and available in many colors
4. Bee balm or Monarda
attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, blooms look like a firework, blooms around the 4th of July each year
5. Black eyed Susan or Rudbeckia
attracts butterflies, bees, and other insects, great as cut flowers, blooms from June to fall