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Fringed Pucoon:

Exploring the prairies in spring is always a sort of treasure hunt. Many small flora make their presence known in the vast open lands of the prairies and flint hills. Showing like small gems in what will soon be covered in tallgrasses, hidden away for yet another year.  One such delight is the Fringed Pucoon.

A few facts as found on the Kansas Wildflower and Grasses website:

Pucoon is a Native American word. Native Americans used the roots, stems and leaves to treat coughs, colds, delirium and paralysis and obtained a bluish violet dye from it’s roots.