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The flowers are strong attractors of butterflies. Another common name for this plant is Indian Hemp, because native Amerindians derived a strong fiber from the stems, which was used as twine in basketry, mats, and other artifacts. Some early French explorers remarked upon the abundance of this plant in the original prairie, which they referred to as 'hemp' in their writings. Return


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers


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