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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Photos of Natives on Tumblr
Hi all, I have a small (1/4 acre) woods here in Minnesota....
Tips on growing ferns from spores? Have prothallia!
This year I decided I'd try my hand at growing ferns...
Cherokee Rose
Does anyone know if the hips from these are edible,...
Mountain Mint/Pycnanthemum questions
Just wondering if anyone has any experience with Hoary...
Is it cheating to use varieties that were bread from natives?
For example, instead of native Itea virginica, using...
Sponsored Products
Nestled Planters in Ash
| Dot & Bo
Good Ideas Impressions Bark Rain Saver - IMP-C50-BLK
$179.99 | Hayneedle
Jane Seymour Janes Garden 16-in. Wreath - P4077-MI
$112.00 | Hayneedle
Jaipur Maroc Aarya Flat Weave Blue Geometric Pattern Wool Handmade Rug - RRC0010
$58.00 | Hayneedle
8'x10' Vegetable Dyes Ziegler Mahal 100% Wool Oriental Rug Hand Knotted Sh19305
1800 Get A Rug
Herb Cutting Set
$24.99 | zulily
Carota Ceramic Planter
$19.99 | Dot & Bo
Lemon Tree Arrangement
$9.49 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™