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I've seen round-headed bushclover growing on very poor soils, including a once-scraped site that had lost almost all its other prairie species. It's fun to open the brown fuzzy seed capsules and show prairie newbies the smooth hard real seeds inside. This plant is also an example of the special challenges that face urban prairie designers, especially those designing prairie plantings that will be seen by lots of people, such as corporate landscaping. Many tallgrass prairie plants have evolved to grow in dense tall communities where the plants structurally support each other. Some unsupported tallgrass plants just flop, literally. Designers who want people to like urban prairie plantings often try to use the species that are good at staying upright on their own. Doing good urban prairie plantings that the general public will enjoy and accept takes special skill. I don't have that skill, but I admire it.