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Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather; Button Snakeroot)

Photo of dense stand of prairie blazing star or gayfeather at Pawnee Prairie

To understand the name “gayfeather,” imagine yourself as a settler journeying west through what were formerly vast expanses of native tallgrass prairie. These showy flowers must have lifted hearts, even when the wagon wheel broke!

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