SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

linnea56(z5 IL)September 23, 2005

I'm doing a plant inventory of the semi-wooded property that belonged to my parents in SE Wisconsin. A large area went wild as they got older. I pretty much know the trees, but it's the other things growing at the edge of the woods that have me wondering. Before we clean this place up I want to make sure I know which if any are wildflowers or endangered species as opposed to invasives. There's one very pretty flower that looks much like a phlox, magenta heads. It's not just a reverted phlox: we have those too so I could compare them . The leaves are different.

Can anyone recommend sites that would cover this area, for wildflowers and then invasives?

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veronicastrum(z5 IL)

Here are a couple of links to check out. The plant you mention could be Hesperis matronalis, Dame's rocket. The DNR site will have an info page on that plant.


    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 12:35PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Thanks, Veronicastrum. Dame's Rocket it is. Darn! I didn't know it is an invasive! Though it's certainly prettier than garlic mustard.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2005 at 1:20PM
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janet_e(6B PA)

This site from Missouri is excellent for identifying plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Missouri plants

    Bookmark   September 24, 2005 at 2:49PM
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joepyeweed(5b IL)

i like the uw herbarium site, especially because they have some of my photos there.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2005 at 9:01PM
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Connect with your local land trust for plant id.and volunteer opportunities. It's a great way to learn and meet the experts. If you don't know which one is on your area, check with Gathering Waters, the umbrella organization for Wisconsin land trusts.

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust has experts in plant identification and management of native systems.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2008 at 9:24AM
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