Wait! Don’t Kill that Thistle!

Wait! Don’t Kill that Thistle!

By Tim Smith, adapted from his “Missouri’s Thistles” Missouri Prairie Journal article Photo: Great-spangled fritillary on a Field Thistle (Cirsium discolor) by Bruce Schuette   Blooming now in prairies, along roadsides, disturbed fields, and...
Regal Fritillaries Active in the Summertime

Regal Fritillaries Active in the Summertime

By Carol Davit, Executive Director, Missouri Prairie Foundation Photo: Regal fritillary on pale purple coneflower by Allen Woodliffe When visiting original, unplowed prairies in July, you may see this large, beautiful butterfly flying over the landscape and nectaring...
Plant Conservatism & CC Values

Plant Conservatism & CC Values

By Carol Davit, Executive Director, Missouri Prairie Foundation  Photo: Penn-Sylvania Prairie by Bruce Schuette   The concept of plant species conservatism was developed for Missouri flora by Doug Ladd, formerly director of conservation science for The Nature...