What’s Growing On?

What’s Growing On?

August 29, 2017 Ecology Education Research 0

Much of the work at World Garden Commons is to reestablish prairie grass and flowers within the 18-acre stormwater pond. An established prairie can better absorb rainfall, promote soil conservation, provide habitat for animals and is simply beautiful.

The Game and Fish Department of North Dakota assembled a guide describing 50 species of prairie wildflowers and grasses, identifying the plant with an image and a brief description.  The following lists the grasses, wild flowers and weeds those working onsite are trying to promote or, in the case of weeds, trying to eliminate.

Found at World Garden Commons:


Little Bluestem, Side Oats Grama, Blue Grama, Poverty Oat Grass, June Grass, Sand Bluestem, Canada Wild Rye, Switch Grass, Sweet Grass


Astor, Azure Aster, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Canada Milk Vetch, Common Milkweed, Common Ox-Eye, Dotted Blazing Star, Golden Alexander, Gray Goldenrod, Hoary Vervain, Leadplant, Meadow Blazing Star, Northern Bedstraw, Prairie Cinquefoil, Prairie Rose, Purple Cone Flower, Purple Prairie Clover, Rough Blazing Star, Showy Penstemon, Smooth Aster, Stiff Tickseed, Upland Goldenrod, Western Spiderwort, White Prairie Clover, Wild Bergamot, Yarrow,

Opportunists (Weeds):

Birdsfoot trefoil, Canada Thistle, Curly Doc, Dandelion, Foxtail Barley, Plantain, Quackgrass, Ragweed



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