Plants have a sweet black licorice scent and flavour and make wonderful tea and medicine.
The long, reddish brown stem fibers make strong cordage.
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.
Bright pink flowers with protruding yellow anthers are densely packed in unique cylindrical flower heads that begin flowering from the bottom up.
Some species of cellophane bee are specific to white prairie clover and, in turn, are parasitized by cuckoo bees.
My favourite aster! White flowers with creamy centers are arranged in flat-topped clusters.
I like this plant because of its unique leaves, which have widely-spaced teeth or tooth-like projections along the edges and get characteristically smaller towards the top of the stem.
Black-eyed susans are the primary nectar food plant for the endangered Powesheik skipperling.
Excellent for flavouring all kinds of foods and highly medicinal, too.