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5 Must-Have Prairie Plants

5 MUST HAVE PRAIRIE PLANTS

5 MUST HAVE PRAIRIE PLANTS

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.

  1. 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

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2. Yarrow or Achillea

Commonly used in butterfly gardens, drought resistant, colors vary from pinks, reds, to yellow

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3. Coneflower or Echinacea

prolific bloomers from midsummer into fall, grow 2-4’ high and available in many colors

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4. Bee balm or Monarda

attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, blooms look like a firework, blooms around the 4th of July each year

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5. Black eyed Susan or Rudbeckia

attracts butterflies, bees, and other insects, great as cut flowers, blooms from June to fall

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These are just a few of the amazing native prairie plants that we see growing around North Iowa.

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More about planting to attract butterflies HERE

More about planting to attract birds HERE

More on Summer Perennials HERE

Tips for Summer planting HERE