Prairie Dock

Prairie dock posed all kinds of photographic challenges.

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Two grow in my gardens. The oldest plant grows in my weed patch, and the youngest, a volunteer, grows nearby  among a patch of sedums. The blooming stalks on both of them stand 10-11 feet tall.

IMG_6277 alt red 2 The leaves on the older plant are from waist to shoulder high

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The flowers usually face the south for some reason. This complicates picture-taking with the denseness of the weed patch.

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Prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) is a native plant growing on glades and in prairies.

I knew prairie dock had a taproot from trying to move a young plant. Then when researching for the blog, I found out the plants are slow to develop and are nearly indestructible when mature. It is a long-lived plant with a taproot growing down 12 feet or more. They may send offsets a short distance from the mother plant.

Now, I think I might have management issues to control the plant. Think need to remove the 2 young plants, because they grow where I don’t want them to. I’m sure glad I blogged prairie dock and found this out before things became any more of a problem

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4 responses to this post.

  1. A 12 foot taproot is incredible for any plant. Some trees don’t even have them that long. I think it would be wise to get the seedlings out of the ground!


  2. Posted by my secret love for you on August 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Very nice, for what I know, all flower look at the sun! Is the sun in the south position?


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