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American blue hearts and prairie hyacinth seeds

American blue hearts and prairie hyacinth seeds

Some prairie plant seed can be collected by machinery. But other seeds such as American blue hearts and prairie hyacinth (right) are so small they must be collected by hand.

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Photo of American feverfew plant with flower cluster.

American Feverfew (Wild Quinine)

A common component of high-quality upland prairie, American feverfew, or wild quinine, is a native wildflower that was used to treat fevers or malaria. It's in the composite family.

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Photo of American feverfew flower cluster.

American Feverfew (Wild Quinine) Flowers

The flowerheads of American feverfew grow in flat-topped or slightly rounded, fuzzy white clusters about ¼ inch wide. The petal-like ray florets are few, tiny, and inconspicuous. It blooms May–September.

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Photo of American germander flower stalks and leaves

American Germander

Like most other mints, American germander has square stems, opposite leaves, and two-lobed flowers. The unusual configuration of the corolla lobes is the key identifying characteristic.

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Photo of American germander flowers

American Germander (Flowers)

American germander flowers are lavender or pink and densely spaced. The corolla has an unusual configuration; it seems to have no upper lip, since those 2 lobes are pointed upward like horns, while the lower lip is much larger and more complicated, with 2 rounded side lobes and a large, cupped, bottom lobe; 4 stamens protrude noticeably, with reddish-brown anthers.

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Photo of American germander plants

American Germander (Plants)

American germander is a colony-forming perennial with a 4-sided, hairy stem that is rarely branched. It occurs statewide in fields, prairies, low woods, streamsides, roadsides, railroads, and other disturbed sites, usually in moist soil.

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