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Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Mid July Plants
Larkspur Delphinium geyeri (Hellebore
family) native
Beautiful plants but toxic to most livestock
except sheep
Wild Geranium
Geranium caespitosum (Geranium family) native
The darker lines on the petals guide pollinators to nectar.
The garden “geranium” is not in the genus Geranium, but rather
in the genus Pelargonium.
Prickly pear cactus Opuntia polyacantha
(Cactus family) native.
The green pads with spines are enlarged
stems.The stamens (yellow structures on top of
the red structures in the flower center) are touch
sensitive and close slightly when a bee lands on
them ensuring good transfer of pollen. Bees are
the major pollinators.