PRAIRIES OF ILLINOIS


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SOME MISTAKES MADE IN PRAIRIE LANDSCAPING.

There are many reasons why prairie landscapes are not attractive and well accepted. Some of the more common mistakes made in these plantings are:

The use of prairie plants in landscape design is, at present, a little used concept. Although some prairie plants such as butterfly weed, purple coneflower, and some blazing stars are sold as ornamentals, they are planted with non-native plants in the garden. Perhaps there is a belief that plants from other countries are better than our native species. Perhaps prairie plants disappeared so quickly and completely that few people are not familiar with them. However, there is an increasing interest in the use of these plants. Those that do use these plants find their use to be a very rewarding experience.


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