Odana Road Prairie in mid-June


 

Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association prairie planting at Odana Road and the SW bike path in Madison, WI

Just an update on the seasonal progress of the Odana Road Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin. In bloom this week are penstemon, wild quinine, and spiderwort. Just on the verge of blooming in the next few days are pale purple coneflower, and butterfly weed.

Wild quinine, center; flanked by white penstemon and blue spiderwort

This beautiful little prairie planting is a blessing to those who walk, run or bike along the South West Commuter bike path in Madison. The prairie planting was carved out of a weed-infested and largely neglected City of Madison storm water channel and restoration volunteers from the community work hard to keep the prairie weed free.

Pale purple coneflower (left of center) and butterfly weed are just on the verge of bloom.

Restoration volunteers from Dudgeon-Monroe and other neighborhood associations have, in the past couple of years, expanded the prairie plantings east along the bike path so that bike path users now travel through a prairie tunnel.

 

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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