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Rare and Showy Plants of the Chicago Region and the Habitats That Support Them

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Despite intensive urbanization and development, the Chicago region is a center of biodiversity in North America. A wide variety of natural communities exist across the spectrum from prairie to savanna to woodland, with numerous types of wetlands interspersed among them. Discover the many rare plants and showy wildflowers unique to this area, along with the habitats in which they occur.

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Rare and Showy Plants of the Chicago Region and the Habitats That Support Them

  1. 1. Rare and Showy Plants of the Chicago Region and the Habitats That Support Them Christopher David Benda Montrose Beach Dunes
  2. 2. CHRISTOPHER DAVID BENDA Visiting Plant Ecologist IL Natural History Survey Instructor, Flora of Southern Illinois Southern Illinois University Instructor, Tree Identification and Ecology The Morton Arboretum President Illinois Native Plant Society Technical Expert Consultant Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board Somme Woods
  3. 3. Beach (Foredune) Illinois Beach Nature Preserve
  4. 4. Marram Grass (Ammophila breviligulata), IL-E
  5. 5. Seaside Spurge (Chamaesyce polygonifolia), IL-E
  6. 6. Sea Rocket (Cakile edentula), IL-T
  7. 7. Pitcher’s Thistle (Cirsium pitcheri), Fed-T, IL-T
  8. 8. Trailing Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis), IL-E Illinois Beach Nature Preserve
  9. 9. Kalm’s St. Johnswort (Hypericum kalmianum), IL-E
  10. 10. Bog Volo Bog Nature Preserve
  11. 11. Water Arum (Calla palustris), IL-E
  12. 12. Snake-mouth Orchid (Pogonia ophioglossoides), IL-E
  13. 13. Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata), IL-T
  14. 14. Dolomite Cliff Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve
  15. 15. Bird’s Eye Primrose (Primula mistassinica), IL-E
  16. 16. Dolomite Prairie Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve
  17. 17. Leafy Prairie Clover (Dalea foliosa), Fed-E, IL-E
  18. 18. Quillwort (Isoetes butleri), IL-E
  19. 19. Lakeside Daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea), Fed-T, IL-E
  20. 20. Leafy Prairie Clover (Dalea foliosa)
  21. 21. Slender Sandwort (Minuartia patula), IL-T
  22. 22. Car0lina Anemone (Anemone caroliniana)
  23. 23. Fens and Seeps Watersmeet Woods
  24. 24. Fens and Seeps Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve
  25. 25. Fens and Seeps Lake in the Hills Fen Nature Preserve
  26. 26. False Asphodel (Tofieldia glutinosa), IL-T
  27. 27. White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
  28. 28. Lesser Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis virgata)
  29. 29. Kalm’s Lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)
  30. 30. Grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia glauca)
  31. 31. Marsh Illinois Beach Nature Preserve
  32. 32. Marsh Speedwell (Veronica scutellata), IL-T
  33. 33. Scarlet Smartweed (Persicaria coccinea)
  34. 34. Northern Flatwoods Potawatomi Woods
  35. 35. Cousin It Sedge (Carex bromoides), IL-T
  36. 36. Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera psycodes), IL-E
  37. 37. Prairie Palatine Prairie Nature Preserve
  38. 38. Mead’s Milkweed (Asclepias meadii), Fed-T, IL-E
  39. 39. Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra), IL-E
  40. 40. Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera leucophea), Fed-E. IL-E
  41. 41. Royal Catchfly (Silene regia), IL-E
  42. 42. Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea)
  43. 43. Prairie Gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)
  44. 44. Prairie Lily (Lilium philadelphicum)
  45. 45. Prairie Sundrops (Oenothera perennis), IL-T
  46. 46. Eared Foxglove (Tomanthera auriculata), IL-T
  47. 47. Sand Prairie Illinois Beach Nature Preserve
  48. 48. Yellow Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris), IL-E
  49. 49. Meadow Beauty (Rhexia virginica)
  50. 50. Bird’s-foot Violet (Viola pedata)
  51. 51. Oklahoma Grass Pink Orchid (Calopogon oklahomensis), IL-E
  52. 52. Grass Pink Orchid (Calopogon tuberosus), IL-E
  53. 53. Calopogon oklahomensis vs. tuberosus)
  54. 54. White Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium candidum), IL-T
  55. 55. Savanna Baker’s Lake
  56. 56. Oval-leaved Milkweed (Asclepias ovalifolia), IL-E
  57. 57. Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina), IL-E
  58. 58. Pale Vetchling (Lathyrus ochroleucus), IL-T
  59. 59. Savanna Blazing Star (Liatris scariosa var. nieuwlandii), IL-T
  60. 60. Woodland Cap Sauer’s Nature Preserve
  61. 61. Yellow Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium pubescens)
  62. 62. Bishop’s Cap (Mitella diphylla)
  63. 63. American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)
  64. 64. American Columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)
  65. 65. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
  66. 66. Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)
  67. 67. Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), IL-E
  68. 68. American Spikenard (Aralia racemosa)
  69. 69. Kankakee Mallow (Iliamna remota), IL-E
  70. 70. Illinois Botanizer

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