Its striking clusters of large inflated pods are a beautiful pale yellow blushed with red.
Stiff goldenrod is one of the relatively few prairie plants that seems to attract more attention when it’s not flowering.
Familiarity breeds comfort with this common plant of forest floors.
The magenta-coloured flowers are the most beautiful of all the asters.
The flowers provide a late-season nectar source for a wide range of insects.
Plants have a sweet black licorice scent and flavour and make wonderful tea and medicine.
Prairie birds, such as the clay-colored sparrow, often conceal their nests in the dense branches and foliage.
Smooth aster brings welcomed colour and an important source of pollen/nectar to the late summer/fall landscape.