Followup: Saturday May 22 Workday

23 May

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to add native plants to Rainbow Beach Dunes!  We planted nearly 300 seedlings and distributed about two pounds of native grass seed (thanks Walt!).  The seedlings were planted in the sparsely populated strip of sand just beyond the concrete wall adjacent to the southeast parking lot.  Keep an eye on them, because most will be blooming at the end of summer.

For your information, the plants we added are typical of the Illinois tallgrass prairie and include the following:
Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
Aster azureus (sky blue aster)
Coreopsis lanceolata (sand coreopsis)
Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)
Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)
Monarda punctata (horsemint)
Petalostemum purpureum (pale purple prairie clover)

Also, as part of the Ford Environmental Summit on May 14, kids who are part of the Mighty Acorns environmental education program planted in the same location:
Baptisia alba (wild white indigo)
Eryngium yuccifolium (rattlesnake master)

If you don’t have a field guide, a great place to find out about the identification, habitat and growing characteristics of plants that live in Illinois (both native and exotic), please visit the very thorough Illinois Wildflower website.

Next up is the workday in June (9am-noon, 6/26), where we will try to identify and record ALL the plant species residing at Rainbow Beach Dunes. Please join us!

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