I have many favorite native plants for many reasons, but one of the Ironweed (Vernonia altissima) plants which grows in my wet mesic prairie is a special favorite. Over the years, my Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter has conducted plant rescues in conjunction with the widening of Wisconsin Highway 29. One such dig brought me this Ironweed plant. [Read more…]
Last week I wrote about the non-native Tiger Lily (Lilium tigrinum or Lilium lancifolium) from Asia. I wanted to follow-up that post with one on the native Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense). I’m fortunate to have the Michigan Lily in my rain garden area, but I don’t always get to see all of them bloom each season. This year I got to see only two blossoms; the deer like them, too. [Read more…]
I’ve mentioned our native Cow Parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium) and Angelica (Angelica atropurpurea) in past posts because they can be mistaken for Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). But today I thought I would write about them specifically. They are two very interesting plants and they provide much needed nourishment for our pollinators fairly early in the season.