Native Skokie Parks
Pollinators and plants native to Illinois in Skokie ParksNative-Skokie-Parks-logo

This native planting will help create a base for a food web that attracts pollinators and insects which produces food for birds and small mammals which in turn provides food for larger animals that keep our ecosystem in balance.

Here are some of the native plants and flowers that you'll find  around the grounds of the Weber Leisure Center:


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fpo-NSP Acorus americanus American sweet flag Green May–June 2'
fpo-NSP Allium cernuum Nodding wild onion Purple July-August 1.5'
big-blue-stem Andropogon gerardii Big blue stem Tan June-September 7'
fpo-NSP Anemone virginiana Tall thimbleweed White June-August 3'
fpo-NSP Angelica atropurpurea American angelica Green May-June 7'
fpo-NSP Asclepias incarnata Swamp milkweed PInk June-August 4'
fpo-NSP Carex vulpinoidea Brown fox sedge Tan June-July 3'
fpo-NSP Chamaecrista fasciculata Partridge pea Yellow July-September 2'
turtlehead Chelone glabra Turtlehead White July-September 5'
fpo-NSP Desmanthus illinoensis Illinois sensitive plant White July-August 5'
fpo-NSP Elymus canadensis Canada rye Green July-October 5'
fpo-NSP Elymus hystrix Bottlebrush grass Green June-August 3'
fpo-NSP Eutrochium maculatum Spotted Joe pye weed Pink July-September 5'
fpo-NSP Filipendula rubra Queen of the prairie Pink June-August 5'
fpo-NSP Geum triflorum Prairie smoke Pink April-June 0.7'
fpo-NSP Glyceria striata Green fowl manna grass Green June-September 3'
fpo-NSP Helenium autumnale Sneezeweed Yellow August-October 4'
blue-flag-iris Iris virginica shrevei Blue flag iris Blue May-July 3'
fpo-NSP Juncus effusus Common rush Tan July-September 2'
fpo-NSP Lythrum alatum Winged loosestrife Purple June-September 3'
fpo-NSP Monarda fistulosa Wild bergamot Purple July-September 4'
fpo-NSP Oligoneuron riddellii Riddell's goldenrod Yellow August-October 3'
fpo-NSP Panicum virgatum Switchgrass Tan July-September 4'
fpo-NSP Physostegia virginiana Obedient plant Pink August-September 4'
fpo-NSP Pycnanthemum virginianum Mountain mint White June-September 3'
yellow-coneflower Ratibida pinnata Yellow coneflower Yellow July-September 5'
fpo-NSP Rudbeckia subtomentosa Sweet black-eyed Susan Yellow August-October 5'
fpo-NSP Scirpus pendulus Nodding bulrush Green May-July 4'

Silphium integrifolium

Rosinweed Yellow July-September 5'

Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant Yellow June-September 8'

Sorghastrum nutans

Indian grass Tan August-September 6'

Spartina pectinata

Cordgrass Tan July-September 8'

Symphyotrichum laeve

Smooth blue Aster Blue August-October 4'

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

New England aster Purple August-October 5'

Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort Blue May-July 3'

Verbena hastata

Blue vervain Blue July-September 5'

Vernonia fasciculata

Ironweed Purple July-September 6'

Zizia aurea

Golden alexanders Yellow April-June 3'


Photos by Bill Glass except where noted*.