The native plants on my suburban prairie provide a welcome pit stop for weary travelers as they journey to their winter destinations. This year's journey will probably be particularly difficult due to the extreme drought affecting much of the migration path.
This female ruby-throated hummingbird looks like she is very happy to see this Salvia greggii in bloom.
Her beak is covered in yellow pollen from the Salvia flowers.
Monarch butterflies are enjoying the flowers on the frost weed, Verbesina virginica.
Another monarch favorite is Gregg's Mistflower, Conoclinium greggii (click the link to see a photo from a couple of years ago). Unfortunately, it has fewer blooms this year due to the drought.
Food and lodging available at the Plano Prairie Garden. Enjoy your stay and have a safe journey.