Prairie smoke 7D_1770 _StaatsThere is a revival of interest in native plantings here in Minnesota; people are choosing to replace annuals in their gardens with plants that are native to the area, thereby requiring less maintenance.  About eight years ago I was in a prairie area in northeastern Oregon and was mesmerized by an unusual plant.  I remember photographing the long feathery plumes that seemed to blow in the breeze.  Now I find that Prairie smoke is a native wildflower to Minnesota.  It is actually in the rose family, blooming in mid to late spring, and is found in the dry, gravelly prairies.  I noticed this plant at a sale of native landscaping plants here in the Twin Cities.  With a bit of backlighting, the plumes took on a beautiful glow, accenting their delicateness and their “smokey” appearance.

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