puberulum or Mesynium puberulum
Plains Flax is a smaller,
less robust plant than the more common Blue Flax,
but has similar wiry stems with sparse, narrow leaves. Plains Flax flowers are
pale copper-orange with dark red centers. The flowers are sometimes overlooked
as they blend with the color of the soil. Stems and leaves of Plains Flax have
fine hairs (use a hand lens).