“Each grass-covered hillside is a page on which is written the history of the past, conditions of the present, and predictions of the future. Some see without understanding; but let us look closely and understandingly, and act wisely.” – J.E. Weaver
“What a thousand acres of Silphiums looked like as they tickled the bellies of the buffalo is a question never again to be answered, and perhaps not even asked.” – Aldo Leopold
Silphiums are easily one of my favorite plants. They are very large plants and are as cheery as the more common Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.). A post on this blog provides more information (geared toward homeowners) on the most common Silphiums of North America: Compassplant, Cup-plant, Rosinweed, and Prairie Dock.
The last big push for seed collection has begun. Combine season – the bulk grass harvest – which we anticipate starting this week or next, will be our final seed collection event for this year. The first frosty temperatures of fall are not too far off (2-3 weeks), and as I write this, it is 58 degrees, cloudy, with a hint of drizzle. Fantastic weather!