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yarrow

Yarrow Achillea Millefolium

Some species of yarrow are native throughout the U.S while others are introduced. It's hard to distinguish them. Yarrow grows best in full sun and well-drained soil and is very drought tolerant. It grows so well, at times it crowds out other prairie flowers. With so many varieties growing thoughout the world, it has a long history of medicinal uses in many cultures.



yellow clover

Yellow Clover Melilotus Officinalis

This form of clover and the white one, Melilotus Alba were brought over from Europe in the late 1600s as a crop for providing nitrogen for the soil, used for grazing and pollen for bees. Some characteristics are that it is in the legume family and a biannual. Often it can be invasive, crowding out native grasses.



yellow cone flower

Yellow Cone Flower Ratibida Pinnata

This is a native perennial, which likes the prairie and is visited by many insects and bees.



yellow nutsedge

Yellow Nutsedge Cyperus Esculentus

Yellow Nutsedge onften considered an inasive weed found in our lawn, it reproduces by seed, rhizomes and tubers and smells similar to an onion when pulled up. It is native to both North America and South America, as well as Eurasia and Africa. Habitats include prairie swales, swales in open woodlands, sedge meadows, edges of ponds, sand flats and mud flats in wetlands, gardens and lawns, poorly drained areas of fields, ditches, and waste areas. Disturbed moist areas are preferred.



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