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Native Plants for Landscape Use in Illinois

  • Hands Holding a Plant ImageCacti
  • Ferns
  • Forbs (Annuals/Biennials)
  • Forbs (Perennials)
  • Grasses/Grass-like plants
  • Shrubs (Deciduous and Evergreen)
  • Trees (Deciduous and Evergreens)
  • Vines (deciduous)

For more information click here (pdf).

Plant Trivia

Deforestation is one of the main causes of atmospheric carbon dioxide; burning and cutting millions of acres of trees each year, it is responsible for 20-25 per cent of all carbon emissions.

Water vapor is the most prevalent and most powerful greenhouse gas on the planet; it holds onto two-thirds of the heat trapped by all the greenhouse gases.

Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct! Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!

A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15 per cent.

Tissue paper is a major source of waste. It takes 60,00,000 trees to make 1 year's worth of tissues for the world.

A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production.

A plant on your desk acts as a natural filter, absorbing airborne pollutants and computer radiation while replenishing oxygen levels.

Lawns only need watering once a week, post rain only after two weeks. Do watering early morning for minimal evaporation and water conservation.

Thirty-five million tons of yard trimmings (including grass, leaves, and tree and brush trimmings) are generated in the U.S. annually. Each year, 12% of the yard trimmings produced are composted.

Fallen leaves contain 50-80% of the nutrients that a tree extracts from the Earth. By composting them, we're helping the earth replenish itself.

Americans throw away the equivalent of more than 30 million trees in newsprint each year.

The world's forests are being destroyed at the rate of 1 acre per second. Every 16 minutes, a forest the size of New York's Central Park is destroyed. Every day, a forest the size of Philadelphia (74,000 acres) is lost, and every year, an area the size of Pennsylvania (27 million acres) is ruined.




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