|Bear Lake Prairie|
The wet prairie soil is a marl, i.e., a gray mixture of sand, clay and calcareous sediment. Some of the plants in the wet prairie only grow in wet, alkaline soils; others grow in a variety of habitats.
|Trail through Little Blue Stem Grass and many other plants|
|Nodding Ladies' Tresses, Spiranthes cernua|
|Nodding Ladies' Tresses|
Pictured below are other plants that grow in this prairie but which I find in few other places.
|Purple Rattlesnakeroot, Prenanthes racemosa|
|Closed Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii|
|Marsh Yellow Cress, Rorippa palustris|
|Shrubby Cinquefoil surrounded by Little Blue Stem|
|Blazing Star species, Liatris species|
|Blazing Star flowers up close|
|Flat-Topped White Aster, Aster umbellatus|
|Goldenrod species, perhaps Slender-Leaved Goldenrod|
The most common goldenrod in the Bear Lake Prairie is Ohio Goldenrod, Solidago ohioensis. Ohio Goldenrod is primarily a wetland plant.
|Ohio Goldenrod, Solidago ohioensis|
|Ohio Goldenrod inflorescence|
|Showy Goldenrod, Solidago speciosa|
|Close up of Showy Goldenrod flower heads|
|Common Ragweed, Ambrosia artemisifolia|