FLOWERS

Sand Coreopsis - Coreopsis lanceolata

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CLUMP-FORMING PERENNIAL HERB. Short rhizomes. Flowers 1-2 inches in diameter bloom upright from April to June. Dark brown seeds. Grows easily from transplants. Said to be uncommon in Illinois. Look for this flower throughout the Sanctuary. 

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Rough Blazing Star - Liatris aspera

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PERENNIAL. 2-5 Ft. Green or dark red erect stem. Pink or purple flowers along the stem. Flowers bloom from top to bottom throughout the blooming season. Small colonies can develop from a mother plant. 

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Spiderwort - Tradescantia ohiensis

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HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL. 2-4 Ft. Tall. Central stem with grey or blue-green alternate leaves. Flowers open during the morning and close by the evening in sunny weather. They stay open longer on cloudy days. 

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Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa

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PERENNIAL HERB. Stems are hairy, erect, and grow in large clumps. Lanceolate, alternate leaves. Bright orange flowers with five petals at the end of branches. Fruits are hairy pods; seeds have long white hairs that are characteristic of the milkweed species. 

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Horsemint - Monarda punctata

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PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER. 1-3Ft. Tall. Lanceolate, hairy leaves. Terminal and axillary flowers. Typically short-lived, though some live for up to one or two years. The leaves and flowers provide a lovely color range: yellow, pale pink, lavender, and white. 

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Common Milkweed - Asclepias syriaca

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HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL 2-6 Ft tall, with umbels of pink flowers that develop into large seed pods.  The seeds disperse by the wind. 

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Pale Purple Coneflower - Echinacea pallida

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Planted in summer 2018 this coneflower prefers a dry climate.  It attracts lots of bees and butterflies with long tongues.

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Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hart

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A surprise found in the summer of 2017.  It is a biennial and therefore short lived.  We hope it will reseed itself and return this season.

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Partridge Pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata

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We discovered this beauty when we were here watching the solar eclipse!  An annual that we hope will reseed and return year after year.

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Trailing Wild Bean - Strophostyles helvola

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This prolific volunteer can be seen throughout our sandy areas, even twinning up some of our shrubs.  Although it has a pretty little flower with a slender bean, it does not seem to attract as much wildlife as some of our other plants. 

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American Bugseed - Corispermum americanum

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This very weird looking annual plant just appeared one day.  It took us a while to figure it out, but we are happy to have it on the beach where it loves the sand.

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Winged Pigweed - Cycloloma atriplicifolium

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This is another annual that loves our harsh environment.  We call it Illinois Tumbleweed because that is what it resembles in the fall and winter. It is a gorgeous purple in the fall.

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INVASIVE FLOWER SPECIES

Bouncing Bet - Saponaria officinalis

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This very persistent perennial has a beautiful flower but is very aggressive crowding out the flowers that the birds and insects really want.

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Butter and Eggs - Linaria vulgaris

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Another very pretty flower that escaped from peoples gardens and loves to spread.

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White Sweet Clover - Melilotus alba

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A relatively easy plant to pull.  It is a biennial.  If we can keep it from flowering we can make deep dents in its population.

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Garlic Mustard - Alliaria petiolata

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This early spring mustard is also a biennial, relatively easy to pull and a bane in many forested areas.  We have in our remnant and if we are diligent, can keep on top of it.  Some of our volunteers take it home to eat.

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