Photo by Jim Mason

Nuttall’s Prairie-parsley

Polytaenia nuttallii

Family: Parsley

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 1 – 2.5 feet

Bloom Period: May, June

Description: Stem is erect and stout. Triangular leaves up to 6 inches long are heavily divided. Yellow to greenish-yellow flowers are small and crowded into domed heads.

Comments: The fruits of Nuttall’s Prairie-parsley are oblong, flat, thick and corky. When mature, they are tan and resemble rolled oats. In early days, tea was made from the seeds to treat diarrhea. Nuttall’s Prairie-parsley is found on upland prairies in the eastern one-third of Kansas.

Photo by Ken Barnard