Buffalo Beans

buffalobeans1Buffalo Beans or Thermopsis rhombifolia is a plant that blooms early in the spring. If you’ve spent time outdoors in the Saskatchewan prairies, you’ve likely seen them growing in ditches and pastures. They are also known as “Golden Beans” or “Prairie Bean”.

Although they are members of the pea family and produce bean like pods, they are also toxic and so should not be eaten.

First Nations people used the Buffalo Beans as a source of yellow dye and to time their bison hunt. It is said that when the Buffalo Beans bloomed, the bison would be passing through and their meat would have of the desired quality for hunting.

Source: http://plantwatch.naturealberta.ca/plant-information/golden-bean

About Prairie Habitat Garden

Our Prairie Habitat Garden is an innovative plan that will contribute to the University of Saskatchewan's historical campus by transforming the close proximity to the Education College building from an underused and deteriorating asset to a thriving environmentally based teaching resource. This project ensures the ecological integrity of our natural and working lands while providing an exceptional educational opportunity for pre-service teachers, teachers, schools, and the general public to learn about preserving and recreating natural ecosystems. Concurrent with the building of this garden, local elementary and high schools will build prairie habitat gardens on their schools' properties. These natural habitat gardens should inspire visitors to create their own habitat gardens.
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