Little Calumet River Prairie & Wetlands
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The Little Calumet River Prairie and Wetlands Nature Preserve is owned by the city of Gary, and the eastern part of the parcel is managed by Dr. Spencer Cortwright of IUN (affectionately known as "Cortwright's Prairie" by IUN folks). This is a 10 acre site that stretches from Indiana University Northwest north to 80/94 and west around the Gleason Golf Coarse and park area. The area is one small part of an ambitious, long-term initiative to restore more than 1,000 acres of wetlands, prairie, and savanna. There are more than 150 native plant species that can be found in this prairie land.
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Four new wetland/grassland/wooded plots were added in 2013 in preparation for possible future expansion.

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Latin NameCommon NameMapStrataNative?
Agrimonia gryposepalatall agrimonyYES
Ailanthus altissimatree of heavenNO [invasive]
Allium cernuumnodding wild onionYES
Ambrosia trifidagiant ragweedYES
Andropogon gerardiibig bluestem; turkeyfootYES
Asclepias syriacacommon milkweedYES
Asclepias tuberosabutterfly weed; butterly milkweedYES
Aster novae-angliaeNew England asterYES
Coreopsis palmataprairie coreopsisYES
Cuscuta gronoviicommon dodderYES
Daucus carotawild carrot; Queen Anne's laceNO [invasive]
Desmanthus illinoensisIllinois sensitive plant; Illlinois bundle flowerYES
Desmodium paniculatumpanicled tick trefoilYES
Echinacea purpureabroad-leaved purple coneflowerYES
Elymus canadensisCanada wild ryeYES
Erigeron annuusannual fleabaneYES
Eryngium yuccifoliumrattlesnake masterYES
Eupatorium serotinumlate bonesetYES
Gaura biennisbiennial gauraYES
Helianthus mollisdowny sunflowerYES
Heliopsis helianthoidesfalse sunflower, oxeyeYES
Lamium amplexicauledead nettle; henbitNO
Liatris asperarough blazing starYES
Melilotus albawhite sweet cloverNO [invasive]
Monarda fistulosawild bergamontYES
Oenothera bienniscommon evening primroseYES
Panicum virgatumswitch grassYES
Parthenium integrifoliumwild quinine; American feverfewYES
Penstemon digitalisfoxglove beard tongueYES
Pycnanthemum tenuifoliumslender mountain mintYES
Ratibida pinnatayellow coneflower; gray-headed coneflowerYES
Ruellia humilishairy ruellia; wild petuniaYES
Silphium integrifolium var. integrifoliumrosin weedYES
Silphium laciniatumcompass plantYES
Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatumcup plantYES
Silphium terebinthinaceum var. terebinthinaceumprairie dockYES
Solidago altissimatall goldenrodYES
Verbena simplexnarrow-leaved vervainYES
34 native4 nonnative(3 invasive non-native)Species count : 38
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