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SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

Posted by linnea56 z5 IL (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 23, 05 at 11:44

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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RE: SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

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.


RE: SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

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

RE: SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

This site from Missouri is excellent for identifying plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: Missouri plants

RE: SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

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

RE: SE Wisconsin, identifying woodland edge plants

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.

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