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Prairie Parsley

Polytaenia nuttallii

Conservative species that blooms early with Indian Paintbrush & Sampson’s Snakeroot



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Polytaenia nuttalliicommonly known as prairie parsley, is a native biennial or short-lived perennial forb (wildflower). It blooms April – June and often grows to 3 feet tall. There are only two species of Polytaenia in the world, and they’re both native to the United States. This is the only one found in Missouri.

Wildlife notes

The tiny flowers attract primarily small bees, miscellaneous flies, and occasional wasps. Prairie Parsley is one of the species in the Carrot family that the oligolectic bee, Andrena ziziae, visits for pollen and nectar.  Black Swallowtail caterpillars feed on the foliage of this plant.

Forage notes

Cattle and other mammalian herbivores browse readily on the non-toxic foliage.

Landscaping notes

This plant prefers full sun, mesic to dry conditions, and soil containing loam, rocky material, or sand.

Restoration notes

Grows in upland prairies, glades, savannas, and openings of dry upland forests, often on calcareous substrates; also along roadsides and railroads. Prairie Parsley is an indicator plant of original prairie. It is rarely found in disturbed areas. This conservative species may require occasional wildfires to remove excess brush and debris, and to facilitate germination of the seeds.

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun

Seeding Rate

12 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses


Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.