Depending on the time of year, a trek into the preserves can yield a visual display sure to please the senses with an abundance of wildflowers dotting the landscape.
Sometimes, we'll gladly point them out and tell you where to see them for yourself. For example, there's the wild hyacinth at Alessio Prairie in Crest Hill, the harbinger of spring at Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve in Monee Township, or a smorgasboard of native plants at Sugar Creek Preserve in Joliet. But every now and then, we'll share a gem that's so rare, we can't tell you where it is.
Pick your favorite color — just about any color — and odds are you'll be able to find it courtesy of a flower in full bloom.
But since it's the Fourth of July, we thought it's a perfect time to highlight some of the local plants that are as American as you can get. Not only are they native to the area, but they all feature the most American colors of them all: Red, White and Blue.