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July 30, 2020
 

It may be hot and humid out there, but a lot of our favorite plant ancestors came from the tropics and gradually acclimated to also surviving winter, as we have done ourselves. 

Friends in Low Places
July 27, 2020
 

There are many plants I like, and many more I appreciate. The Gray-headed Coneflower, such a pretty symbol of the prairie. The stately, jagged Compass Plant, towering overhead on thick, fuzzy stems. 

Nothing to Do? Design a Species
July 23, 2020
 

Populations of plants and animals are constantly attempting to adapt to the shifts and changes in their environment. For example, within a decade after Roundup herbicide came into general use in the Midwest, Roundup-ready weeds began to appear. 

Prairie Parsley
July 20, 2020
 

Native plant communities are the foundation of ecological restoration. Land practitioners spend most of their time trying to re-establish native flora with the hope that native fauna will follow.