• Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

    Mississippi

    National River & Recreation Area Minnesota

Plants of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna

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Prairies are plant communities dominated by the grasses. However, they also preserve a large diversity of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds. The flowering season begins in early spring, sometimes before the last snowfall, and doesn't end until killing frosts of late autumn. These characteristics make prairies and savannas favorite destinations for hikers, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts.

Plants of the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna

Trees and Shrubs

Bur Oak

Grasses

Big Bluestem
Blue Joint Grass
Canada Wild Rye
Hairy Grama
Indian Grass
June Grass
Prairie Cordgrass
Prairie Dropseed
Sideoats Grama
Slender Wheatgrass
Switchgrass
Virginia Wild Rye

Sedges

Awl Fruited Sedge
Fox Sedge
Foxtail Sedge Pointed Broom Sedge

Wildflowers

Aster spp.
Blue Vervain
Boneset
Brown-eyed Susan
Butterfly Weed
Culver's Root
Golden Alexander
Ironweed
Leadplant
New England Aster
Nodding Wild Onion
Pasque Flower
Pasture Rose
Pink Meadowsweet
Prairie Blazingstar
Prairie Larkspur
Prairie Spiderwort
Purple Coneflower
Purple Prairie Clover
Stiff Goldenrod
Wild Bergamont
Yellow Coneflower

Invasive Species
Black Locust, Canada Thistle, Smooth Brome Grass, Spotted Knapweed

 

Did You Know?

A slow and shallow section of Itaska.

At the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is 1.2 miles per hour. People typically walk 3 miles per hour.