Coefficient of Conservatism:
Coefficient of Wetness:
SUNDROPS, PRAIRIE SUNDROPS
A. A. Reznicek
Wet meadows, dry to moist ground of fields, roadsides, along railways, open savannas, clearings, ditches. Some occurrences in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are in intact natural wetland communities, but it is likely that many of our collections of this showy and commonly cultivated species represent escapes. The first collection was from Pearl Beach in St. Clair Co. in 1904, and it still occurs in natural wet meadows and prairies near Lake St. Clair.
Readily distinguished in our area by the long, spreading pubescence on stems and inflorescence, compared to the glabrous or glabrate (at most slightly glandular-pubescent) stems and inflorescences of O. fruticosa and O. perennis.