Chicago Nature Now! Alert
June 7, 2018
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This week’s highlights to help you plan a Chicago outdoor adventure or nature walk this weekend:
The event of the week is taking place at Illinois Beach Nature Preserve, where sand coreopsis is blooming in golden numbers in the prairie near the lake, and where wild lupine, hairy puccoon, and downy phlox add color to the understory of the black oak savanna. Miller Woods, Tolleston Dunes, and West Beach are still worth visiting for wildflowers like wild lupine, hairy puccoon, and it’s slightly more golden brother hoary puccoon. And get over to Fermilab Prairie and Wolf Road Prairie to see Ohio spiderwort. But, the purple flowers melt in the heat of day. So, get there before noon or you’ll miss it. See my story about spiderwort.
WHERE TO GO THIS WEEKEND FOR A CHICAGO OUTDOOR GETAWAY OR NATURE WALK:
Illinois Beach Nature Preserve in Zion is putting on a big show of sand coreopsis in the sand prairie, and wild lupine, hairy puccoon, hoary puccoon, and downy phlox can be found under the canopy of the savanna. In the prairie, you’ll also find sandwort and New Jersey tea.
Miller Woods is still beautiful this week with wild lupine mixed in with great amounts hoary puccoon and hairy puccoon. While you’re there, make your way to see wonderful plants to Tolleston Dunes and West Beach.
Fermilab Prairie in Batavia has been fully burned, leaving the ground free of last year’s growth. You can really see the flowers. Right now, come to see a wonderful blue display of Ohio spiderwort as it combines with white wild indigo and the big leaves of prairie dock and compass plant.
Somme Prairie Grove in Northbrook is rated as “Go, if you’re in the neighborhood.” The preserve currently offers a nice display of blue flag iris in the wetland and a sprinkling of other flowers throughout the preserve.
Various Wildflowers in Our Sandy Preserves
Somme Prairie Grove
The Wonderfully Large Leaves of Compass Plant & Prairie Dock
* Photo is representational and was not recorded this year. Bloom times vary from year to year.
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