The Kansas Native Plant Society is coming to the Red Hills! The regular fall meeting and field trips of the KNPS is meeting in Pratt from Sept. 19-21. There are several field trips planned as well as a very interesting program as part of the proceedings. Google Kansas Native Plant Society or go to http://www.kansasnativeplantsociety.org/ for more information. Here are a few of the cool plants which were observed and photographed very recently at a couple of the stops.
|Stout Scorpion Weed is one of the most iconic representatives of the flora of the Red Hills. Called "Ugly Weed" by some locals, this plant is a late bloomer and offers a unique flower head.|
|Also called "Fiddle Head" for obvious reasons, this plant has small but very pretty flowers. Here, a Digger Bee enjoys its nectar.|
|One of several species of gayfeather, this is Liatris glabra.|
|Phyllis captures Cadence taking shelter in one of the many very interesting rock formations at one of the stops on the KNPS upcoming field trips.|
|Silktop Dalea is in its glory right now in the Red Hills.|