Welcome to South Dakota! Plant Exchange Blog is in USDA Zone 4-5a. We have begun Fall with cool down nights below frost and days warming up to the 60’s here on the Northern Plains. Recent rain adds color to muted hues of Autumn prairie grasses.
We had an early snow yesterday.
Norway maples are still green with first hints of red.
Tiger’s eye sumac has fruit. It’s early leaf color contrasts with snow.
Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, a state park near here along the Missouri River, has maples nearing full color among the native mature cottonwood trees. Eagles that stay the winter near open water, nest and perch in these tall trees by the river. Today we’re taking a walk here.
Mature perennial native grasses are prominent now in the state park nature areas. Indian grass, with its feather plume, leans in a prairie breeze.
This stand of Indian grass by a bluebird house is head height this fall with the added rain.
Little bluestem is red / purple and the tufts with seeds appear to glow on this sunny day.
Big bluestem is over head height this year on this ridge overlooking the river here at the park. This area is said to be the western reach of the tall grass prairie. To our west a hundred miles, shorter native grasses are more common in preserves.
Thank you for visiting Plant Exchange Blog today. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day gave us a reason to take a walk to see what’s around us at our state park this fall. Do browse longer here if you wish. We hope to have you visit again next week.
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