Prairie Willow - Salix humilis

Prairie Willow - Salix humilis

  • $ 2500

Features: Bees, beetles, butterflies, moths and birds are attracted to this shrub. Its dense foliage provides nesting crannies for several bird species. In the past, the Native Dakota tribe made a restorative tea from prairie willow bark.

The Prairie Willow blooms early, providing nectar and pollen at a time when other food sources are low. This is a host plant for Mourning Cloak, Viceroy, and Red-spotted Purple butterflies. 

Willows support 455 insect species, 3rd to Black Cherry (456 species) and Oak (534 species).

Light: full or partial sun

Soil: dry to medium

Height: 4 to 6 ft.

Width: 4 to 6 ft.

Blooms: early spring

Flower color: yellow white

Fall color: yellow

Special note: butterfly host and nectar plant

See more information and photos at: Illinois Wildflowers and USDA Plants Database