Bruce Rauner, Governor

DNR Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 IDNR Home
 Agency Offices
 Disabled Outdoors
 Freedom of Information Act
 Get Involved
 Grant Info
 Great Lakes Restoration
 License / Permit / Register
 Kids & Education
 Law Enforcement
 Mandatory Safety Programs
 Lodges / Leasing
 More Links
 Outdoor Recreation
 Parks & Recreation
 Press Releases
 State Museums
 World Shooting & Recreational Complex
 DNR A to Z



  For Your Garden  

May 2008

Listen to the podcast of this information.


Spring has finally arrived in Illinois, and wildflowers are blooming. Maybe you are preparing your garden for some new plants. Have you ever thought of including native wildflowers in your garden? Native wildflowers are resistant to cold and drought and are rarely attacked by disease and insects. They are perennials that you can enjoy year after year without having to provide them with much care.


columbine    Aquilegia canadensis   

Photo © 2008, Adele Hodde, IDNR Office of Public Services. Photo rights available for purchase.

Growing from thick roots, the upright, branched stems of columbine may reach two feet in height. This perennial plant has leaves at the base of the plant that are doubly compound, while the leaves on the upper stems are divided and do not have stalks. Flowers are produced in clusters at the stem tip, and a single flower may be two and one-half inches long on a slender stalk. The five petals are projected backwards into five hollow spurs that are red outside and yellow inside. The genus name Aquilegia refers to “eagle,” and the five spurs resemble an eagle's claws. Columbine grows in rocky woods statewide and flowers from mid-April to July.

For more information about native Illinois plants, including where to purchase them and planting guides, the following publications are available through the IDNR order form at www.dnr.illinois.gov/publications.

Prairie Establishment and Landscaping

Landscaping for Wildlife

Butterfly Gardens



Kids & Education

 New This Month
 Online Order Form
 Student Pages

Copyright© 2015 Department of Natural Resources
Accessibility    Contact    FAQs    Podcasts    Privacy    Social Networking