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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

South Dakota State Flower and State Bird

South  Dakota State  Flower and Bird

Ring-Necked Pheasant ~ Phasianus colchicus
The American Ring-Necked Pheasant descends from a Chinese and an English species that were imported to the United States and interbred here. Pheasants are raised systematically on game farms and then set free. Consequently, they have spread throughout most of the northern United States. Because they provide a meat that is a delicacy, the Pheasant has become a sportsman’s delight. The Ring-Necked Pheasant, adept at skulking through low cover, presents a real challenge to the hunter.

Pasqueflower ~ Anemone patens
Changing fashions in botanical nomenclature are often a nuisance, but we can hardly regret the substitution of Anemone patens for Pulsatilla hirsutissima as the name of this delicate looking (but actually hardy) sun-loving rock plant of the Northwest. Pasque means Easter in French, and the Pasqueflower is thought to have been given its name either because it blooms in spring, or because dye made from the plant was used for Easter eggs.

From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992:

South  Dakota State Flower and Bird
South Dakota Wildflower - Pasqueflower. Art from the 50-stamp series, State Birds and Flowers, issued April 14, 1982 simultaneously in all state capitals.
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