Prairie Plants

On the back berm of Cornell Park, which gets a fair amount of sun, you will find a collection of native grasses and wildflowers that are typical of what is called a tall grass prairie. Before settlers came to the Chicago region this area, and much of the upper mid-west, was covered for thousands of square miles by the grasses and wildflowers you see here. This collection of plants is very friendly to butterflies and other pollinators. We hope they will find a home here. We have a project going where neighborhood children germinate seeds of native prairie plants, then plant them in this "butterfly garden". Click on the links below to learn more about the plants now growing on the rear berm.