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Have you been meaning to add a few native plants to your garden? Native plants provide beauty as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and most diseases. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.
prairie Indian plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum)
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Prairie Indian plantain grows throughout Illinois in wet prairies and near marshes and bogs. This plant of the daisy family produces flowers in flat-topped clusters at the tip of the stems. Flowers are white and appear from June through August. Leaves may be eight inches long and four inches wide. The leaves are oval and show several large, parallel veins. The plant can grow from two to four feet tall.
For more information about native Illinois plants, including where to purchase them and planting guides, view the following publications at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/Publications.
Prairie Establishment and Landscaping
Landscaping for Wildlife