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“Many of us know how a dark colored vehicle warms up rapidly in the sunshine. The same principle fits our prairie landscape. Portions of Missouri Prairie Foundation’s G.W. Carver Prairie were under prescribed fire management late last year. As a result, the blackened soil warmed earlier than soil under grass-covered prairie and consistently compared to adjacent native grassland fragments. Come visit the burns, it is exciting to see what is racing up and blooming.” - Jeff photos taken 24 April, 2019

Indian Paintbrush Carver Prairie, Diamond, MO J. Cantrell

Indian Paintbrush Carver Prairie, Diamond, MO J. Cantrell

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“There are several native phloxes to our region. I recommend and utilize several in landscaping, for schoolyards and naturalizing a reclaimed area. When I teach naturescaping I often have a slide of what I call powerful performers. In my opinion I would consider these performers as a great starter plant species and perfect for those looking for multi-functions beyond a showy cultivar. This is Sand Phlox (Phlox bifida) and mine has been in bloom for five weeks now in a remote area about 1/8 mile from my house. A stunner and certainly a powerful performer.” - Jeff

Don’t forget to check out your local PBS channels for educational viewings.

Don’t forget to check out your local PBS channels for educational viewings.