Today I saw the first of my prairie plants starting to bloom. That got me thinking I should really use the photos of plants I haven't really highlighted yet.
(Ignoring the ant) Golden Alexander, Zizia aurea is a more showy and flower-full cousin in the Carrot Family. Normally people plant parsley or carrots when turning to this family because they're useful plants. Golden Alexander is strictly an ornamental. Anything in the carrot family though doubles as a host plant for the Black Swallowtail.
I'm sure there are lots of prairie plants that bloomed way earlier in the year. I probably don't have them though. Actually right now there hasn't been much flowering. In the early spring most of the woodland wildflowers bloom and almost nothing that grows in the full sun prairie areas.