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Upcoming WPPC Events

Next Year's Native Plant Seminar Will Be February 19, 2022

Seminar:  Our 2022 native plant seminar is scheduled for February 19 in the Luecht Auditorium at McHenry County College.  Stay tuned for more information as the date approaches.

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.

Plant Sale:  Next year’s native plant sale is scheduled for May 1, 2022 at McHenry County College.

LATEST NEWS

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

The Monarch Coalition is bringing an engaging Monarch Fair to Crystal Lake's

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The WPPC is proud to have been listed as a resource with the Homegrown National

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Learn about the value of native plants for the environment and wildlife.

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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