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Heliopsis helianthoides "'Giant sunflowers,' said Pa. 'Look at those seedheads. Why, we'll be eating on those seeds all next winter.'"

"But Sal wasn't looking at seedheads. She was looking at color, the swirl of gold and tawny brown and coppery green that towered above and around her. It was so beautiful she almost couldn't breathe."
-from Janet S. Anderson's Sunflower Sal

False Sunflower
(Heliopsis helianthoides)

You can share the beauty of the prairie by planting and caring for a prairie garden. Although prairie restorations take careful planning and many years to accomplish, prairie gardens are places that people can enjoy the beauty of prairie plants more quickly. 

Schools, communities, or families can turn weedy patches into thriving prairie gardens. The most suitable site should be flat or gently rolling and receive lots of sun. Abandoned spots around flag poles, next to driveways, or behind playgrounds can be candidates for transformation into prairie gardens. 


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