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Monday, March 26, 2012

Berry Prairie Springs Back!



The Berry Prairie’s first winter turned out to be relatively mild—at least so far. The snow melted off last month, and the “soil” has dried significantly since then. And, with temperatures soaring into the 60’s, and lots of sunshine, the ground has gotten warm enough to stimulate growth. The Prairie still looks mostly brown (and red) from above, but at ground level, there’s a lot to get excited about! 

Fewseed Draba (Draba oliogosperma) is greening up!

Locoweed (Oxytropis nana) is sending up new sprouts

Hooker's Sandwort (Eremogone hookeri) is replacing its brown leaves with green ones!

No doubt we need precipitation—even snow would be welcome—but it sure feels like spring has arrived. Stayed tuned as more species return, and the pasque flowers come into bloom!

Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens) is always one of the earliest bloomers!

Written by Dorothy Tuthill, Berry Center Associate Director

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