From a single plant, ecologists work to renew streamside population
A rare white flower will soon begin to bloom, and thanks to collaborative efforts by the Forest Preserves and the Chicago Botanic Garden, you now stand a better chance of seeing it.
The flower belongs to shadbush (Amelanchier interior, also known as inland shadblow), which grows as a shrub or small tree in woodlands along stream banks in our forest preserves. Named for an eastern fish (shad) that returns to spawning grounds when the plant is in bloom, this magnificent species has become rare due to habitat loss and degradation, so much so that it is listed as threatened in Illinois. Read More