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Upcoming WPPC Events

The 2022 Native Plant Sale will be May 1 at McHenry County College

Large Flowered TrilliumSeminar:  Our 2022 native plant seminar originally scheduled for February 19 is canceled.  Due to the recent increase in local Covid cases, we simply couldn’t find enough volunteers or speakers willing to spend the day in a crowded indoor space.  We anticipate all other 2022 WPPC activities will go as scheduled.

Plant Sale:  The 2022 native plant sale scheduled for May 1, 2022 at McHenry County College will go for sure.  The plants have been ordered and we’ve even secured a back-up location just in case.  Curious what’s available?  Plant availability varies from year to year based on what the growers can provide, but this native plant list includes the species that we normally have.

Webinar:  Recently, two of our members presented a webinar called Native Plants Through the Seasons.  A video of the presentation has been posted on YouTube.

 

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Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Evening Primrose is a biennial Illinois native plant that can be up to 7 feet tall but is usually around 4 feet. there is usually a central stem with alternate leaves but sometimes can have multiple stems having a bush-like appearance.  The light or olive green leaves are up to 8″ long and 2″ wide. The flowers can be about 4″ wide and open in early evening and last until the next morning usually done before noon. On cloudy day they can last longer. Flowers have a lemony scent and bloom from mid-summer into fall.

The plant prefers full sun, average moisture and sandy soil but will tolerate other growing conditions often found in disturbed areas. The plant forms a stubby rosette during the first year, but becomes tall during the second year when it flowers, sets seeds and then dies.

Source: illinoiswildflowers.info

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Promoting the use of native plants in the landscape through preservation, propagation, and education
Advocating the conservation of open space, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, scenic resources, and water in McHenry County and neighboring areas for the benefit of the general public
Engaging in and otherwise promoting the scientific study of and educating the public regarding local natural resources