This past weekend we drove down to the Flint Hills to visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City. The last couple years have been very dry down that way, but this year there’s been enough rain to turn the prairie a lush green dotted with wildflowers.
So we spent Saturday evening out among the flowers watching the sun set.
Here are a few pics I took to share with you:
Wild Alfalfa was used by the Lakota to treat headaches and to ward off mosquitoes.
Prairie Larkspur is named because of the resemblance of the flower to the spur on the foot of a lark.
Native Americans and pioneers both used the root of Butterfly Milkweed to treat respiratory problems, which is how this plant got it’s common name, “pleurisy root”.
The Navajo used Spider Antelopehorn to treat bites from rabid animals.
Great Plains Native Americans used the leaves and stems of Prairie Coneflower medicinally to treat poison ivy, rattlesnake bites, headaches, and stomachaches.
This is one of my favorites. During the day, the plant goes unnoticed, green without any blooms. But as the sun sets, the flower buds unfurl their delicate white petals which wave to the slightest breeze like little silk handkerchiefs.
Each flower of the Showy Evening Primrose blooms only for one night. Come morning, the petals shrivel in the morning sun. The following evening, new buds open.
Black-Sampson Echinacea contains pain-reducing compounds and was used by Native Americans to treat toothaches, sore throats, mumps, wounds, and burns.
I’ve never seen Echinacea blooming in such profusion.
Finally the sun set behind a grassy hill,
the flowers said goodbye,
and we headed to our motel refreshed by the warm breeze and singing sounds of evening.
The flowers are beautiful! The Echinacea are really pretty. I like the ones that just a few petals…Can’t match those colors of the sunset either. You are blessed.
Thank you Lorraine! The Echinacea are just going crazy at the Tallgrass this year. Never seen so many before.
How many miles did you have to walk to get all those photos?
Love the little spider on top of the echinacea!
Love the showy evening primrose. Do they have a fragrance?
My evening primrose bloomed for the first time last evening. The buds are all in a cluster at the top of the plant and of course that lemon yellow with the smell of lemon cake!
The lady that gave me my first plant had no idea how much fun and pleasure she was passing along!
Well, actually I was feeling kinda lazy so I got all those photos in a space of less than a city block. It’s a great wildflower year down at the Tallgrass.
Those little spiders are on a lot of the flowers. They hang out there waiting for insects attracted by the blooms so they can catch and eat them. Devious little buggers.
I’ve not noticed that the primrose has any fragrance.
The Missouri Evening Primrose has a lemon fragrance too, like your garden variety does. Maybe only the yellow ones have smell.
Have a great day Glenda!
Here is a link that describes the Evening Primrose I have.
Oh, how lovely!!! Just the thought of all that space and beauty makes me swoon.
I never get used to it either. It hits you as you get out of the car.
Beautiful photos,so much to learn from nature! The roses were awesome too.
Whose watching Kitty =^..^= Whenever we go away (which is rare) its a hassle to
find someone to take care of all the animals 🙂
Kitty’s very self sufficient…as long as we leave her water and food and her comfy red blanky, she’s a happy camper. But she is glad to see us when we return. 🙂
Very educational! You have several flowers I’ve not seen before. Love the Black Samson Echinacea! My favorite of the ones you have here!
Aren’t the Echinacea wonderful? So many of them here this year.
Love your pictures. They are beautiful!!! Makes me want to go back to the Tall Grass Prairie.
Thank you for sharing!
You can’t visit the Tallgrass just once, it pulls you back.
Wonderful flower shots. I can never get enough pics of wildflowers. Lovely.
Thank you Bridget. Maybe we like wildflowers so much, in part, is that we don’t have to tend, weed, or water them. 🙂
Do you have a problem with bees? They must be attracted to all the flowers, also wonder about the honey, with such a mix of flowers?Lovely pictures as always. Thanks.
Not so much. The bees are busy busy with the flowers and ignore me for the most part.
Thank you Carol!
Love your blog. Found because of the Volland School. My favorite prairie flower is the Liatris. After the trip I took this weekend I think there are two different strains. I’d say it will be in full bloom in a week or two.