I promise this will be the last flower post for quite awhile, as most of the spring flowering angiosperms have done their thing and are now strictly vegetative. I couldn't resist sharing one more batch of flower photos, though, since these are from quite a different habitat than the rich woodlands where the photos in my other recent flower posts were taken. These plants are all from Muralt Bluff Prairie, an open-access hilltop prairie just around the corner from Abraham's Woods in southern Wisconsin. This is a really neat place, exposed and windswept, with an interesting assortment of prairie plants. It had recently been burned before our visit, so a lot of things were just starting to poke out for the spring. Pictured above is Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum, and it covers an entire slope on the western edge of the prairie:
Also on the western side, near the bottom of the hill, is this rare beauty, Besseya bullii, or Kittentail, not to be confused with the also-yellow-flowering Lousewort, Pedicularis canadensis, which is in the two photos below the Besseya.
And no set of spring floral posts in Wisconsin would be complete without a shot of Pasque Flower, Anemone patens: