More Tucker mini-prairie blooms in mid-June

yellow flower

Ratibida pinnata or Grey-head coneflower (Asteraceae family)

This happens to be a great butterfly plant.  It is native to MO and prefers growing in full sun.  It’s very drought tolerant too.  These plants reach heights of 1-2 meters.  In the fall, birds eat the grayish brown seed heads.  The Tucker mini-prairie has many of these plants, but don’t confuse them with the other yellow blooming member of the Asteraceae family, the Ashy sunflower or Helianthus mollis.

pink flower

Saponaria officinalis or soapwort is found in the Caryophyllaceae family.

yellow flower

Verbascum nigrum or dark mullein is found in the Scrophulariaceae family