Cowpen Daisy

Cowpen Daisy

Cowpen daisy with Common Checkered Skipper – Verbesina encelioides

This annual attracts multiple species of butterflies.  A stand in a corner of your yard or a field will create an entire summer of butterfly-watching.  It reaches heights of 4 feet & is a prolific seeder.  Native Americans reportedly used Cowpen daisy in treating skin diseases.

Maximilian sunflower

Maximilian sunflower

Maximilian sunflower – Helianthus maximiliani

Upright, tall perennial that can reach 10 feet in height.  This is a naturally dominant plant of the prairies, but has been reduced through grazing.  This tall sunflower would make a nice backdrop in landscaping, while at the same time providing a food source for our native birds!

Western yarrow

Western yarrow

Western yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Yarrow is a popular landscaping plant sold in nurseries.  Our native yarrow has white blooms.  This perennial enjoys full sun or partial shade & can grow up to 3 feet high.  Its lacy, fernlike leaves add a deep green color to any garden.  Yarrow has been used for medicinal purposes because of its pungent oil.  It also looks good in dried flower arrangements.