|Water Smartweed in a ditch, roadside west of Val Marie © SB|
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Marsh Smartweed © SB
These low-looking prairie wildflowers appeared to float on the water, with stems rising to a uniform flowering mass above.
Vance/Jowsey's Wildflowers indicates that there are several varieties of Smartweed, including:
- Water Smartweed, which fills the sloughs, and
- Marsh Smartweed, which tends to have stronger stems and grow taller on drier, slightly marshy terrain.
|Marsh Smartweed flower stalk (with insect) © SB|
Prairie Wildflowers: Water Smartweed (Polygonum amphibium L.) and Marsh Smartweed (P. coccineum Muhl.)