The hill is alive with…

green centers with yellow flowers

Wood-betony from the top. They look like pinwheels from this angle.

large bee with it's face in a flower

Bee pollinating wood-betony

Our remnant prairie is a goat prairie, as I mentioned in an earlier post; it is also a dry praire and the perfect environment for wood-betony. This year we have a spectacular bloom of wood-betony covering a large area on the remnant and down into the prairie we are restoring. This small plant with lots of butter-yellow flowers on it is very interesting in that it is a hemiparasite. That is it can live alone, but most often it will tap into another plant’s root system. Wood-betony has been know to be able to tap into 80 different plant species.

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yellow flower clustered around a green base

Wood-betony

lots of yellow flowers going up a hill

Wood-betony covering the hillside.

black and white dog laying in a patch of yellow flowers

Lilly laying among the wood-betony, waiting while I take photos.

golden flowers

Hoary puccoon

Blooming along side of the wood-betony, although not as numerous, is hoary puccoon. It likes dry prairie and is often found in sites with limestone. The rock structure beneath the the pairie remnant is dolomitic limestone.

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golden flowers

Hoary puccoon blooming amongst the wood-betony.

 

 

 

To learn more about wood-betony and hemiparasitism check out a post written by my husband. This post also appeared in the Blue Mounds Area Project newsletter in 2010.

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