From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Purple Coneflowers

Self-seeding, native perennial



Many purple coneflowers bloom every year in one of our neighbor's pastures. I always enjoy seeing them. The USDA Plants database says that coneflowers grow "in rocky prairie sites in open, wooded regions." That's a nearly perfect description of the growing site of these flowers. This pasture has thin soil with some rock outcroppings, and the redcedars are doing their best to take over.

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