6. Prairie Plant Adaptations
- Native prairie plants have intricate root systems, which enable them to withstand drought and out compete non-native plants.
- With a root system that ranges from 6-16 feet vertically and up to 4 feet laterally, Leadplant (Amorpha canescens) does particularly well during dry summers . This is one of the most complex root systems found among native prairie plants.
- Native prairie plants typically grow in clumps, most commonly observed when looking at native grasses.
- When out on the prairie, take a look at the wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes of the native prairie plants. It is no wonder that they are gaining popularity in home gardens. Native plants are also low maintenance because they have fully adapted to the climate and soil conditions of Minnesota. Once established they do not need to be watered and they become more beautiful as they mature each year.