Prairie Crocus

crocus.wildwild prairie crocus
deep in its furry coat
a sunbeam

I still remember seeing some of these in pastures when I was a girl. Sad to say, the neat little crocus that once bloomed all across the prairies in early spring have been pretty much eradicated by the farmers’ plows.

8 thoughts on “Prairie Crocus

      1. That’s a debatable subject, but here on the prairies lands were broken that never should have been — sandy soil that would blow away in the winds — and then the 1930s drought years wiped out the farmers on those lands. Today a lot of the light, sandy soil around us has been allowed to go back to pasture, but the initial cultivation killed a lot of the native wildflowers. And cattle grazing would destroy whatever remained.

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