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Plant of the Week: Arceuthobium pusillum

Plant of the Week! Wisconsin’s smallest shrub, Arceuthobium pusillum, Eastern Dwarf Mistletoe, only grows a couple centimeters tall. In the photo, it is the orange-brown plant growing out of this Black Spruce branch. A hemi-parasitic plant, it derives nutrients from host plants, eventually weakening and killing them. Dwarf Mistletoe is one of the causes for...
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Plant of the Week: Penstemon grandiflorus

Plant of the Week! A stunning plant in a dry prairie, Penstemon grandiflorus, Large-Flowered Penstemon, has beautiful waxy, blue-green leaves, a grand stature, and large, deep lavender blooms. On a cloudy day, it is almost electric when viewed against shorter prairie grasses. This plant provides food for a number of pollinators, including bumblebees who crawl...
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Plant of the Week: Goodyera pubescens

Plant of the Week! Goodyera pubescens, Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain, looks like a designer plant that propagators took years to develop. In fact, it is a naturally occurring, native perennial whose native range extends from Eastern Canada down to Florida, and as far West as Oklahoma. Its leaves are evergreen and have intricate white veins. In mid...
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Plant of the Week: Campanula rotundifolia

Plant of the Week! A delicate-looking, yet tough native forb, Campanula rotundifolia, Harebell, can be found on rocky outcrops and bluffs, as well as sandy prairies and open woods. The names “Campanula” and “Harebell” might make you cringe, but this plant is not the invasive Campanula rapunculoides that enjoys taking over our yards! The native...
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Plant of the Week: Potentilla palustris

Plant of the Week! You’re probably familiar with Potentilla fruticosa, commonly referred to as just “Potentilla”, (or the McDonald’s shrub! 😆), but there are other Potentilla species here in Wisconsin. One of these is Potentilla palustris, or Marsh Cinquefoil. As its name suggests, this plant can be found on wet sites such as “shallow, often...
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