Prairie Willow

Prairie Willow

Salix humilis 

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Perennial 
  • Habit: Shrub 
  • Size class: 6-12ft
  • Native Habitat:  Alluvial areas; boggy openings in pine woods; low areas in prairies; dry barrens; balds
  • Bloom time: March-May

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Sun
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: Dry, Wet
    • Soil pH: Ciarcumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
    • CaCO3 Tol: medium 
    • Description: Various wet to dry soils.
  • Water use: 
    • High
  • Condition comments:
    • Short-lived and fast-growing. Susceptible to wind damage.


  • Wildlife use: Early season Various wet to dry soils.
  • Attracts birds
  • Specific value to native bees