Salix humilis

Common name: Prairie Willow

Native plant

Prairie Willow is a dwarf willow that can be found in a range of habitats throughout Illinois.  It is unique among willows of our area in that it can tolerate drier growing conditions as well as moist sites. This plant is a classic savanna shrub, forming colonies in ideal conditions. As a keystone species, it attracts a number of pollinators in the spring and hosts a range of butterflies.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Compacted/New Construction Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellow White

Fall color



Mature height
4 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
6 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant

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