Key Species - Plants

Of the hundreds of flowers, grasses, and forbs found in prairies, some are considered umbrella species critical to the health of the ecosystem.

  • Compass Plants

  • Butterfly Weed

  • Fringed Prairie Orchid

  • Blue Gentian

  • Indian Bonnet

  • Leadplant

  • Big Bluestem

  • Shooting Star

  • Michigan Lily

  • Blue Flag Iris

  • Big Bluestem

  • Evening Paintbrush

  • Giant Sunflower

  • Purple Coneflower

  • Fringed Prairie Orchid

  • Indian Grass

  • Aster

  • Shooting Stars

  • Prairie Liatris

  • Yellow Larkspur

  • Wild Bergamot

  • Spiderwort

  • Milkweed

  • Coneflowers

  • Little Bluestem

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Heath Hen

After being a bountiful food source for a growing population for many years, the Heath Hen of the Northeast was the first to become extinct.

Attwater's Prairie Chicken

Attwater's subspecies of the Greater Prairie Chicken has specific coastal habitat requirements that have rapidly disappeared.

Greater Prairie Chicken

Today landscape level remnants of Tallgrass Prairie are shrinking rapidly and threatening our Greater Prairie Chicken.