Native Prairie Wild Flowers along the Central Lakes Trail

Wild Bergamot

As promised in my last post, we have today a native flowers of the prairie captured along on the Central Lakes Trail. One of the most beautiful in my opinion has to be the Wild Bergamot shown in the first two photos.  It’s really quite a dazzling display of pink in a background of green and gold from the surrounding golden-rods. It’s really quite amazing to see this display burst forth about two feet above the ground.

Wild Bergamot

Next is a very unique plant that looks like a cross between a vetch and sagebrush. The Lead Plant, viewed in the third and fourth photos, has vetch type foliage and a flower which has a series of large blue or dark purple shoots of flowerets that can seem rather plain until you look at them closely.

Lead Plant

A closer view of the Lead Plant flower, as noted below, shows the vibrant orange and vivid blue amidst the detail of the plant.  As you can see, the colors are intense.

Lead Plant

Finally a little plant whose bloom I almost missed this summer, the Silverleaf Scurfpea. These plants stand out as a silvery light green amongst the prairie grasses and other plants found along the trail. The bloom is a tiny and very delicate little flower that only lasts a day or two. Fortunately, I was able to capture one of the final plants to bloom.

Silverleaf Scurfpea

Well that’s all for this evening. Over the past few rides out on the trail, I’ve been out capturing more flowers for future posts. I am just constantly amazed at the abundance of plants that bloom throughout these revived prairie stands in the old Great Northern ditches and banks that are now home to the Central Lakes Trail.  I hope you are enjoying the photos as well. Have a blessed night.