Blue Wild Indigo. I’m not sure there’s a more distinctive spring flower in the prairie. It’s hard to imagine confusing it with any other species…
Also, it would be a great name for a band.
The species just barely makes it into Nebraska – it’s more common east and south of us. The above photo was taken at my in-laws’ prairie garden where I planted some Kansas seed many years ago. I know there are Flint Hills (Kansas) prairies where this species blooms in abundance – I’ve yet to see that in person, but would really like to.
This is an old photo, not one from this season. I think it’s a little early for it to be blooming, but with the exceptionally warm spring, maybe it’s in flower now? Anyone seeing it down in Kansas or Missouri?