This is a guide to the most common plants flowering in our project sites during the field season. A list of sites where the plant can be found is included in each entry, along with a photograph of the plant and some information about its life history traits.
Matt and Katherine developed this guide by creating a list of about 60 flowering plant species that they suspected would be most common in the project sites. They then visited each site about once every 4 weeks to take presence/absence data on the plant community. They were able to refine their plant list by removing species that were not found and adding species that were common but had not been initially included in the list. During the site surveys, Katherine photographed all of the plant species (while they were flowering if possible). Additionally, life history traits of each species were researched and recorded. When the field season was over, all of the photos, presence/absence data, and life history data were compiled to create this web resource for Matt’s high school students and future members of Team Echinacea.