Midwestern endemic of tallgrass prairie habitats, now with relatively few, scattered populations coupled with continued destruction of habitat. Apparently most abundant in Missouri; extirpated from Kansas and Tennessee, and considered quite rare in all other states in range. Many remaining population remnants are along roadsides where vulnerable to construction or to changes in management of roadside vegetation.
Overgrowth by woody species
Casual picking of the flowers
Digging by wildflower gardeners
Spreading of non-native Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis)
Conversion of its habitat to farmland
Massive habitat destruction
Unknown, but this species appears to do well in restorations.
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