Have you ever wondered what a north American native plant really is?
A native is a plant that existed here without human introduction.
A Native Plant is a plant that was here before Europeans settled on the land, bringing with them a entire new array of diverse plants.
So what plants existed in Illinois?
There was a vast ecosystem of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, rivers, lakes. Human activities, like building and agriculture has disturbed our land and introduced a lot of invasive species thru the years. The loss of native plant communities has reduced the wildlife habitat and
created unbalanced ecosystems.
The ecology of Illinois is amazing. This was naturally a very diverse ecosystem.
It is amazing to think that many orchids are native to Illinois.
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