- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 5-10' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: Humminbirds and finches
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Prairie Dock?
What a drama queen! Prairie Dock bursts out of the ground in spring, quickly making a mound of huge foliage. The leaves may be 18 inches long and a foot wide! In summer, smooth, leafless stems shoot up to a height of 10 feet or more and are topped by a bevy of sunny yellow Daisy-like flowers. You’ll want a first-row seat to the extravaganza, and so will the birds and butterflies. Monarchs and Swallowtails will come to sip the flowers’ nectar, as will Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. In fall and winter, finches will arrive to sample the seeds.
Prairie Dock is native to the Midwest and was once abundant from Wisconsin to Arkansas; it also grew in scattered places throughout the Southeast. The majestic tallgrass prairies where it grew are mostly gone now, plowed under or paved over. Prairie Dock was an especially long-lived member of those communities. It can live 100 years. A long, thick taproot allows the plant to withstand drought, grazing, strong winds, and fire, so it often would outlast its neighbors. Like its cousin, the Compass Plant, Prairie Dock is also special in its ability to orient its foliage for maximum photosynthesis. The leaves normally point north and south.
How to use in the landscape?
Another name for Prairie Dock is Rosin Weed, for the sticky substance found inside the stems. Native American kids used to scrape off this rosin and use it as chewing gum. You can try it, too—just don’t expect it to taste like Juicy Fruit! (It tastes more like Pine Tree.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 5-10' tall
Mature Width: 1-2' wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Spacing: 1-2' apart
How To Plant
Prairie Dock prefers deep, loamy soil that never gets extremely wet or extremely dry. It wants full sun. In excessively windy or wet years, this lofty grower may lean or even lodge (topple over). You can stake it if you feel a need to, but be sure to use very sturdy poles, as the stems become weighty on mature plants. (Maturity may take several years; Prairie Dock is a slow grower that spends some time putting down a deep taproot.) Maintenance is otherwise simple. Leave the seeds for winter-resident birds, then cut the whole plant down in early spring.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8