Strong enough to stand up while other neighbors lie down is the Compass Plant of the prairie. The Big Blue Stem grasses have succumbed to pressures from winter winds and snows and lay still. The Compass Plant leaf was used by pioneers to find direction as they traveled through the ocean of prairie grasses. It seemed to point to the north and south directions. In truth, the front purposely aimed itself toward the sun to absorb as much sunlight energy as possible for photosynthesis; for survival, resulting in it’s tips “pointing” north and south. Copyright 2021 Pamela Breitberg

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