The guide who first showed me these native plants called them Pussytoes, but whether that's in any way a technical name, I don't know. It is, however, an apt description for these bundles of white wildflowers that surge up through the grasses like little kittens' paws.
Everlasting flowers are exactly what I'd expect in the grasslands: spiky, dry, enduring...
That's a description, too, of the prickly pear cactus that grows here, though not of the cactus's lush, soft flowers.
In fact, many prairie wildflowers are wildly luxurious: Prickly roses, Blazingstars, and the Gumbo Evening Primrose.
|Everlasting: white pussytoes © SB|
Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: June 23, 2012.