Tagged with native plants of the Northern Plains

McCrory Gardens Welcomes Fall

McCrory Gardens in Brookings, South Dakota, has been in bloom for visitors this season since the tulips of spring. But in October, the native prairie flowers and maturing grasses define the 25 acres of botanical gardens in the vision of Harvey Dunn’s painting (1950), “The Prairie is My Garden.”  Dunn’s painting of the South Dakota … Continue reading

Native Plants Of Our Region- Chokecherries

Chokecherries have dark berries in summer in this region. Historic Omaha-Ponca Indians called chokecherries “little cherry”. Dakota Indians signified “month when cherries are ripe” as part of their calendar. Chokecherries may be found naturally along horse trails in wetter areas at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area. Pits of chokecherries are small and removal difficult, so … Continue reading

Native Plants Of Our Region- Buffalo-berries

Buffalo-berry plants have gray-green leaves and red berries in summer in this region. One location for them is along horse trails at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area near Yankton South Dakota. Buffalo-berries were abundant in the samples Joe Delvaux, seasonal ranger for the National Park Service provided in his Missouri National Recreational River talk on … Continue reading