Category Archives: Exotic invasives

More Invasive Exotics

Despite years of working hard to find and destroy invasive exotic plants at the PGT, their variety and numbers are increasing. An ideal time to find exotics is now; before native plants green up. For the past month I’ve been … Continue reading

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Exponential Growth of Bush Honeysuckle

This week I’ve come to understand how wildly invasive Bush Honeysuckle is. 5-year ago we found the first Bush Honeysuckle at the PGT and immediately killed it. Because many nature areas and suburban wood lots are filled with this exotic … Continue reading

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Do controlled burns help exotics spread?

Bush Honeysuckle with Berries Walking after dinner tonight I noticed some shrubs leafing out along the trail. Inspecting them I was disappointed to find Bush Honeysuckles, an invasive exotic from China. You might wonder what I would have against such … Continue reading

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Flowering Quince – Not all exotics are bad!

Flowering Quince – Not native to the PGT We showcase native plants at the Prairie Garden Trust. The idea is to find the beauty in what nature has to offer. When we find exotics (plants that don’t occur here naturally) … Continue reading

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What do you do with an Armadillo?

Nine-Banded Armadillo I saw an Armadillo at the Prairie Garden Trust today for the first time. That is first record of one on the property since we moved here in 1970. What should I do with it? Is it to … Continue reading

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Henbit – A Splash of Color

I snapped this picture today walking down to the mailbox to pick up our mail. The common name for this plant is Henbit. It is native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia. Since the PGT is a native plant … Continue reading

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Not Much Nectar

Honey Bee feeding on Compass Plant With the drought there aren’t many sources of nectar for bees and butterflies right now. This morning the only plants I saw bees feeding on were Compass Plants and Ashy Sunflowers.Thistles are also blooming … Continue reading

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Keep Chicory?

Chicory, (Cichorium intybus) I found a small patch of Chicory blooming at the PGT today and I’m trying to decide if I should kill it. The plant is native to Europe but can now be found over all of North … Continue reading

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Mapping Exotics

Red shows area with Chinese Lespediza (Lespedeza cuneata) at the PGT Since our goal is to be a native plant garden it is important to keep out invasive species. Matt and Duncan spent a couple of months this year looking … Continue reading

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New Exotic Invasive: Privet

Privet leaves (Ligustrum spp) photographed with my iPhone. New invasive exotic plants keep appearing. Today I found a clump of privet plants hidden deep in the woods. They must have escaped from someones garden. Matt and Duncan will cut them … Continue reading

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