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Native Flowering Plants

In Children’s Chapel on Earth Sunday, April 24, church member and Earth Care representative Kathryn Calkins shared the importance of native plants.  The children were encouraged to visit the Forest Preserves or any woods near their homes this spring to look for native flowering plants.  Here are a few examples.

Flowering May apple

Pictured above is a May apple. These wildflowers are shaped like umbrellas. Hiding underneath their leaves may be a pretty white flower that will turn into an apple-like fruit later in the season if it is pollinated. May apples will come out in the forest preserves a little later this spring.

Photo by WilderAddict, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

These are Virginia bluebells. They can be found in peoples’ yards as well as the forest preserves. They stand about 12 inches tall, and hummingbirds like them!

Trillium wildflowers
This is trillium. It will start to come out in shady natural places soon. Trillium has three leaves with three-petalled flowers.
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