Category: Botany

  • Plant ID Workshop on Isle Royale

    Registration is now open for two 2017 Plant Identification (I.D.) workshops*, both of which will be held in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula near the shores of scenic Lake Superior on: 1.  Isle Royale National Park (June 5-10), based at Rock Harbor, and 2.  Keweenaw Peninsula (July 25-27), based in Copper Harbor, Michigan’s northernmost village. This…

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  • INPAWS Campaigning for Indiana State Wildflower

    Southwest Chapter member and INPAWS Vice President Davie Sue Wallace has persuaded her legislators to introduce a bill naming Butterfly Milkweed the Indiana State Wildflower.   We’re excited to support this effort and urge all of you to write your senator and representative in support of this initiative. You’ll find their emails at  Here is what…

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  • Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

    Meet the Proposed Indiana State Wildflower Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa Other names: Butterfly milkweed, Orange milkweed, Pleurisy root, Chigger flower The importance of Butterfly Weed for Monarch butterflies: The habitat for Monarch butterflies and other pollinators is dwindling at an alarming rate. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape….

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  • Wild Beauty Photo Show Reception November 4

    The Friesner Herbarium, Butler University, is creating a traveling gallery photo display of Indiana plants in their natural settings, shot by Hoosier nature photographers.  The photos are from the Indiana Plant Atlas (, funded in part by INPAWS.  The display will debut at the INPAWS Annual Conference. Come to a free reception with some of…

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  • Seeking Silphium Seed for Seed Bank

    From David Van Tassel, Ph.D., The Land Institute… Can you collect native silphium seed for us? We need your help. After the drought years of 2011 and 2012 we decided to fast-track our silphium (Silphium integrifolium, “whole-leaf rosinweed”) breeding program because of the legendary drought and heat tolerance of this native prairie species. In 2013 we…

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  • Plant ID Experts Needed for Bioblitz June 18 & 19

    On Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th, The Friends of Goose Pond and the Indiana Academy of Science are hosting a bioblitz at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County near the city of Linton, Indiana. The primary aim of the bioblitz is to continue to gather baseline information concerning the flora…

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  • Sustainable Weed Management Workshop Set for June 2016

    A unique, productive annual workshop for researchers and practitioners to engage in transdisciplinary discussions and problem solving related to sustainable weed management in agricultural, forest, and grassland systems. This workshop is suitable for advanced graduate students, postdocs, and junior and senior researchers and practitioners across ecological, agricultural, and social science disciplines and fields. This year…

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  • Allegheny Spurge Subject to Boxwood Blight

    Our state botanist/plant ecologist Mike Homoya refers us to an article showing that Boxwood Blight has shown signs of affecting our native Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens). This is especially of concern in Indiana, where Allegheny spurge is considered threatened.  View the article

  • Flora-Quest 2015 Registration Now Open

    Hemlocks to Hellbenders, August 27-29 Flora-Quest 2015 registration is now open. Whether you are a professional naturalist or new to the wonders of the great outdoors, Flora-Quest has a trip designed for you. Since 2007, we have been educating Ohioans to their unique botanical communities. Our expert guides will lead you to Mohican’s most scenic locations…

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  • Save Our Pollinators! Go ‘Neonic Free’ in Your Garden

    Neonicotinoids, a systemic insecticide used to treat crop seeds and ornamental landscaping plants, have been strongly implicated in the devastating collapse of pollinator populations around the country.  We all know how important pollinators are, right? About 70% of the world’s plants require a pollinator, including 35% of crop species.  The value of pollinated crops in…

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