Native Plants

What we plant has an impact on the environment. Learning about the benefits and history of native plants can help ecosystems thrive.

DuPage Plant Communities

A “plant community” is a distinct group of different plants that grow together under a uniform set of natural conditions — soil type, moisture level, amount of sunlight — and form a recognizable unit.

Seed Collecting

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County works with volunteers to monitor prairie areas.

Forbs

Technically, forbs are flowering, nongrassy “herbaceous” plants, which means that they produce seeds and have stems and leaves that die back at the end of each growing season.

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Grasses, sedges and rushes have narrow leaves that grow from the base of the plants.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are quite different from other kinds of plants in that their stems — their branches and trunks — are covered in bark and increase in diameter each year as the plants grow.

Prairie Plants Of Summer

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County works with volunteers to monitor prairie areas.

Ferns and Allies

Similar to grasses, trees and flowers, ferns and fern allies are “vascular plants,” which means they have stems, roots, leaves, and internal tissues that carry water and minerals.

Fungi, Bryophytes And Algae

Like ferns and fern allies, these organisms developed earlier on the evolutionary ladder than flowers, grasses and trees.

Top 10 Poisonous Plants of DuPage County’s Forest Preserves

Plants and plant parts that contain harmful substances if touched or swallowed are called poisonous plants.
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