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  1. Bunchberry

    This flowering plant boasts clusters of greenish flowers, the leaves of which are often mistaken for petals. This exhibit case shows the Bunchberry in a typical Chicago blackgum wood. Learn More
  2. Yellow Lady's Slipper

    Ponder the serene colorations of this wild orchid, of which more than thirty types have been found in Chicago. As the most common variety of this tropical plant, the Yellow Lady's Slipper is in danger of extermination because of overzealous picking. Learn More
  3. Poison Ivy

    Don't let the milky sap of this poisonous plant get under your skin! It's bound to cause inflammation. Truly, any part of the poison ivy plant, when broken open, can produce its sticky irritant, which works as a defense mechanism. Learn More
  4. White and Purple Trillium

    Check out this enchanting flower, native to North America and East Asia. The leaves, petals, and sepals of these Trillium are characteristically in tree forms, with single white or purple flowers. Both Native Americans and early colonists used the Trillium's rootstock medicinally. Learn More
  5. Wood Anemone

    Inconspicuous and delicate, this short-lived flower relies on underground rootstocks to live between blooming seasons. Growing in a variety of climates in wooded areas, this exhibit case shows the Wood Anemone growing in a forest. Learn More
  6. Hepatica (Liverwort)

    Witness this small and dainty wildflower's work as a harbinger of spring. The first blooming of the Liverwort, Hepatica's more common name, reuses the past year's leaves, called leather leaf. Shown here is the Liverwort wild flower in a wood during the early spring. Learn More
  7. Black Oak

    With over eighty kinds of oaks native to North America, the most common oak in Chicago is a giant. The Black Oak can soar to well over one hundred feet, with a trunk diameter stretching seven feet across. This tree grows best in clay or on dry, sandy hillsides and can live to almost two hundred years. This display examines the different aspects of the Oak tree with specimens from both the male and female flowers, as well as a flowering tree. Learn More
  8. Sweet William

    Explore the beautiful color and size variations of the Sweet William flower, more commonly called "phlox". Though it comes in every hue, Sweet William always maintains its shape, a five part blossom extending from a slender tube. Learn More
  9. Greek Valerian (1)

    Gaze at this graceful plant, which grows luxuriantly on shady riverbanks. A native of the Americas, it is related to many garden favorites, but is one of the few native plants that provides no other useful extracts. Learn More
  10. Buttercup

    Small, but well known, these flowers can be found blooming all summer long. Learn more here about the many cultural traditions relating to the Buttercup. Learn More

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