Manikowski Prairie in the Spring, Goose Lake, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member 8Nuts MotherGoose
N 41° 58.675 W 090° 22.743
15T E 717143 N 4650647
Quick Description: Manikowski Prairie is the largest limestone prairie left in Iowa.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2007 8:05:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM1H0D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TerryDad2
Views: 90

Long Description:
A limestone prairie is defined as where limestone lies just under or at the surface of the soil. This prevents many of the deep-rooting plants from growing. Many of the plants have roots growing in the limestone cracks. In the spring there are several blooming plants that are in their glory. Later in the season, other species will bloom. There will be a continuous display of colors here throughout the growing season.

The first flowers to bloom are at their peak in May:
Shooting-Star (Dodecatheon meadia) is a member of the Primrose Family.
Birdfoot Violet (Viola pedata) is a member of the Violet Family.
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium augustifolium) is a member of the Iris Family. These are very light blue but some species are white.
Columbine (Aquilegia Canadensis) is a member of the Buttercup Family.
Wood-Betony (Pedicularis Canadensis) is a member of the Snapdragon Family.
Stargrass (Hypoxia hirsula) is a member of the Daffodil Family.
Hoary Puccoon (Lithospermum canescens) and Narrow-Leaved Puccoon (Lithospermum incisum) is a member of the Forget-me-not Family.
A photo of each of the above flowers are in this waymarks Photo Gallery.

Parking is on the edge of a gravel road at the walk-in-only entrance on the north side of the Prairie.

For the preservation of this locality, collection or picking is prohibited by law.

Species:
See Above.


Habitat Type: Limestone Prairie

Parking Area: N 41° 58.715 W 090° 22.675

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Best Viewing Time: From: 5/1/2007 To: 9/30/2007

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