Prairie willow (Salix humilis)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 12 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 24 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruiting Time: Spring
Flowers: Blooms on old wood
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 10, 2019 2:48 PM

This Prairie Willow is found in the wild growing in both wet lowlands and dry uplands from Nova Scotia to Manitoba to northeast Texas to northwest Florida. It usually grows about 4 feet high, but ranges from 2 feet to 10 feet high. Despite its large native range, so far I have only seen several plants planted in a line in the Dwarf Shrub Collection at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois; so, it is not a common species everywhere. It probably is common in some spots in the northern Plains. It makes a nice, pretty, low shrub, and it is sold by some native plant nurseries.

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