Native Plants

SEEKING SUMAC

Story and Photos by Michelle Reynods I’ve always had an appreciation for sumac (Rhus spp.). During summer vacations and weekend trips, as I travel across the state to various destinations, our native sumacs keep my eyes and my mind alert. Looking for sumacs on roadsides, hillsides, along power lines and railroad rights-of-way, in fallow fields, …

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GET STOKED FOR ASTERS!

Stokes’ aster Story and Photos by Norman Winter Stokes’ asters (Stokesia laevis) are wonderful native perennials that attract all sorts of pollinators – from bees to butterflies. Its striking blue flowers and fiery orange butterflies make for a winning combination.  The Stokes’ aster is a native from Louisiana eastward to North Carolina. Surprisingly, they are …

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PALMS IN PARADISE

A look at Florida’s native palms Story by Theresa Badurek When you think of Florida, you may picture palm trees swaying in an orange-blossom scented breeze. Tropical romantic scenes painted by savvy real estate investors lured many a dreamer (and quite a few cold Michiganders) to Florida’s shores. But how realistic is that picture when …

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