Bruce Rauner, Governor

DNR Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 IDNR Home
 Agency Offices
 Disabled Outdoors
 Freedom of Information Act
 Get Involved
 Grant Info
 Great Lakes Restoration
 License / Permit / Register
 Kids & Education
 Law Enforcement
 Mandatory Safety Programs
 Lodges / Leasing
 More Links
 Outdoor Recreation
 Parks & Recreation
 Press Releases
 State Museums
 World Shooting & Recreational Complex
 DNR A to Z


  For Your Garden  

February 2010

Listen to the podcast of this information.

Are you ready for spring? Some of the native spring wildflowers will be blooming soon! Are you using native wildflowers in your landscaping? Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and disease. They also provide food and shelter for native wildlife. Their brilliantly colored blossoms and interesting shapes will make your landscape a showplace. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.



toothwort (Dentaria laciniata)

Photo © 2009, River Valley Photographic Resources, Ltd., rvprltd.com


Toothwort, also known as pepper-root, grows to about one foot in height. Leaves develop at the base of the plant as well as in a whorl of three below the flowers. The leaves are lobed and usually toothed. Flowers are up to three-fourths inch long and develop in clusters at the stem tip. Flower petals may be white, pale lavender or pink. The fruit is long (up to one and one-half inches) and slender, with a single row of seeds. Flowering occurs from late February through May in woodlands throughout the state. Toothwort is one of the first wildflowers to bloom each year in Illinois.

For more information about native Illinois plants, including where to purchase them and planting guides, the following publications are available through the IDNR order form at http://dnr.state.il.us/teachkids .

Prairie Establishment and Landscaping

Landscaping for Wildlife

Butterfly Gardens



Kids & Education

 New This Month
 Online Order Form
 Student Pages

Copyrightę 2015 Department of Natural Resources
Accessibility    Contact    FAQs    Podcasts    Privacy    Social Networking