Category Archives: Michigan native plants

Prairie Smoke

plant profile: Geum triflorum Prairie Smoke is a very unusual flower. It grows low to the ground and is a member of the Geum genus. It thrives in partial shade, but can be quickly overrun by more vigorous plants. Click on the link … Continue reading

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Downy Sunflower

plant profile: Helianthus mollis Click on the link below to learn more about this native plant Downy sunflower – Helianthus mollis

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Upland White Goldenrod

plant profile:  Solidago ptarmicoides A plant of many common names: Prairie Goldenrod, Prairie Flat-top-goldenrod, Upland White Aster, Stiff Aster, Sneezewort Aster And a plant of many different botanical names as well: Aster ptarmicoides, Aster ptarmicoides var. georgianus, Doellingeria ptarmicoides, Inula alba, Solidago asteroides, Solidago ptarmicoides, Unamia alba Whatever you call … Continue reading

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Butterfly Weed

plant profile: Asclepias tuberosa Our plants were tiny seedlings when we began the garden. Pictures often show native plants in their established glory. Young plants can be hard to recognize. Many do not bloom in their first season but can prolifically set … Continue reading

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Pollinators in the garden

Monarch on Rosin Weed A variety of pollinators visit the Skyridge Wildlife Garden both for food and shelter. Regal Monarch butterflies forage on the rosin weed. Leatherback beetles feast and mate. Bumble bees investigate every bloom on the native hypericum … Continue reading

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Open House July 28, 2013

We hosted the Skyridge Wildlife Garden Open House on Sunday, July 28th, 2013 between 12:00 and 3:00 pm. The Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner and several Master Gardener volunteers came to help us celebrate the finished plantings. Members of the Skyridge Church congregation … Continue reading

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