Sunday 21 July 2013. Spectacular Prairie Garden on Florida

The temperature was 68 degrees F with a southerly breeze and a layer of moving fog on the ground.

Intended to visit the City of Champaign Prairie Restoration but only made it as far as Florida and Orchard.

Knew there was a recently (as in the last couple years) planted prairie garden but was not expecting the spectacular display I found there!

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The dense sea of yellow coneflowers and black-eyed Susans was punctuated with spikes of purple Liatris and blue vervain (Verbena hastata, though I’m not completely sure that’s what it was), and also the intense pinks of the purple coneflowers and the softer pinks of the Monarda.

Was amazed by the density and variety of flowers in this little prairie planting. And the fog just made it that much more lovely. Here are a few of the photos from this morning.

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Rosinweed blooms rise above the sea of yellow and pink.
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Looks like a white Liatris, though I don’t think it’s a different species from L. pychnostachya, the prairie blazing star. Also note the fine-leafed, white mountain mint among the black-eyed Susans and purple coneflowers.
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Rattlesnake master (foreground) yellow coneflower (middle front), ironweed (middle back), and prairie dock, back, tallest plant visible
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Note in foreground–purple prairie clover (L) and thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica) (R)
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The foliage in the left foreground is of stiff goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum), in the middle are flower spikes of prairie blazing star (Liatris pychnostachya).

Used up my time at this little spot but easily got lots of photos. On the way back the lovely neighborhood gardens seemed pale by comparison.

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