Prairie Dock – Native

General Information

Prairie Dock is a very hardy native plant occurring in many different prairie conditions including, rocky, wet, hills and amongst other native grasses.  The leaves form a basal rosette with leaves up to 24 inches long.  A stalk emerges from the base that is 3 to 10 feet high and is green to red in appearance.  The upper part of the stock branches out, with buds forming on each end.  The Prairie Dock blooms with 2 -3 inch wide flowers that are reminiscent of sunflowers.  Native plants are a wonderful choice for a resilient, natural landscape. These plants are well adapted to the soil type and environmental conditions in the areas where they are found.  They allow native insects to find food and shelter which in turn provides a food source for birds and other animals. Prairie Dock is a very long lived perennial.

Additional Information

Silphium terebinthinaceum grows 2 to 3 Feet wide, with flowering stalks reaching up to 10 Feet high.  Has an up to 12 foot deep taproot, making it a very tough and durable plant.  Somewhat slow to develop, it may take a couple of years to flower.  Leaves are tough, making it unappealing to wildlife.  Will over time develop offshoots forming new plants.  Has no major disease or insect issues.

Care & Shipping Notes

Find the native plant that is just right for your area.  Be sure to check the zone to make sure that it will do well where you are planting.  Make sure that your soil type and moisture level are adequate for the plant you are wanting to grow.  Choose an appropriate plant for shade or sun.  Very hardy when planted in their native environment. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI.  We do not ship plants to California due to Department of Agriculture regulations. 

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