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Old 05-30-2017, 12:36 PM   #1
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Attended a native plant sale in the city of Chicago just over a week ago. Picked up 22 new plants. Yes I can squeeze them into the existing garden...lol. With the removal recently of an old juniper there is a big area of bare ground that needs filling. Plus as I remove other non-native plants there is room for new natives.
Mostly we are a very low lying area which rarely needs watering. But the north end of the garden has a slope that is very sunny and tends to dry out between rains in summer. So a different plant community does better there. I am hoping these conditions will be good for Thimbleweed/anemone cylindrical , which will be growing near prairie dropseed and threadlead coreopsis in our garden.

Anemone cylindrica. Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).
Native to prairies, dry open woods, slopes, limestone glades, pastures and roadsides throughout southern Canada south to New Jersey, Illinois, Missouri and Arizona.

The first two pictures are after planting in the garden.

The third picture is from Minnesota Wildflowers and shows what the plants should eventually look like. I included a link to Restoring The Landscape because there are pictures of thimbleweed in autumn with a showy cotton tuft seed head which looks pretty cool.

If these new plants are successful we can add several more.

https://www.minnesotawildflowers.inf...er/thimbleweed


Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)

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Faunal Associations ... The abundant pollen of the flowers attract small bees and Syrphid flies. The bee visitors include Plasterer bees and Halictid bees. Mammalian herbivores usually avoid consumption of this plant because the foliage is toxic, causing a burning sensation in the mouth and irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.


Range & Habitat: The native Thimbleweed occurs occasionally in northern Illinois, it is scattered and uncommon in central Illinois, and rare or absent in southern Illinois (see Distribution Map).

Habitats include dry upland areas of black soil prairies, loess hill prairies, scrubby barrens, limestone glades, sandy Black Oak savannas, open sandy woodlands, abandoned fields, and open areas along roadsides. This plant is usually found in less disturbed habitats.
Restoring The Landscape With Native Plants: Native Plant of the Week: Thimbleweed ~ Anemone cylindrica
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If these new plants are successful we can add several more.
NO need to worry there as they SPREAD readily. Maybe TOO much so for some folk!

I have them and trim the heads off before they spit. I just LOVE their open airiness and no bed should be without a touch........ of white!
A bit of a spark so to speak.
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Nice, Gloria.

I have them...I try collecting their seed and sowing them...but after almost 10 years, I still don't have very many. I have found one or two show up in the "lawn"...but they have yet to take over or even spread muc. Perhaps I don't have enough disturbed soil.
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Just moved mine to another spot where they can do more of their own thang.
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