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Natives to know: White Vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

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White Vervain Verbena urticifolia By Linda Shuster, WORC Board Member-at-Large (2022) White vervain (sometimes called nettle-leaved vervain or white verbena) is a member of the Verbenaceae family. It is found in most central to southern Lower Peninsula counties and in several counties in the Upper Peninsula. White vervain grows in different types of deciduous forests, […]

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Witch-Hazel’s Trick

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Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Witch-Hazel’s Trick Submitted December 2021 By Ranger Steve Mueller (8/13/1950 – 6/16/2022) Editor’s Note: This is the last of the articles we have by Ranger Steve Mueller. He was such considerate person, that he submitted articles for the entire year of 2022—even as his health was failing fast. Rest in peace Ranger Steve, […]

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Joys of Yard Clean Up

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Joys of Yard Clean Up   Submitted December 2021 By Ranger Steve Mueller (8/13/1950 – 6/16/2022) In early childhood, we “helped dad” with fall leaf clean up. Perhaps he did not consider us help, but he probably enjoyed our joy. We jumped in leaf piles and buried ourselves in leaves. My girls did similar antics. It brought […]

Native Plants of Western Montana

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NATIVE PLANTS OF WESTERN MONTANA By Joyce, Tuharsky, WORC Member Learning about native plants, and gardening in general, are things you can do right outside in your own backyard. It’s a wonderful way to learn about your local ecology and community. But I have found that my Native Plants hobby is also a joy to […]

Natives to Know: American Spikenard

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NATIVES TO KNOW American Spikenard, Aralia racemosa By Linda Shuster, WORC Board Member-at-Large Common names for Aralia racemosa include spikenard, American spikenard, spignet, life-of-man, and Indian root. It belongs to the ginseng (Araliaceae) family. It is, according to the University of Michigan Herbarium, one of the largest herbaceous species in our Michigan flora. American spikenard is […]