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?
Acer negundobox elderYES
Ailanthus altissimatree of heavenNO [invasive]
Allium cernuumnodding wild onionYES
Ambrosia artemisiifoliacommon ragweedYES
Ambrosia trifidagiant ragweedYES
Anemone virginianatall anemone; thimbleweedYES
Aquilegia canadensiswild columbineYES
Arnoglossum atriplicifoliumpale indian plantainYES
Artemisia vulgarismugwortNO [invasive]
Asclepias  ?
Asclepias syriacacommon milkweedYES
Asclepias tuberosabutterfly weed; butterly milkweedYES
Aster  ?
Aster ericoidesheath asterYES
Aster laevissmooth blue asterYES
Aster novae-angliaeNew England asterYES
Aster pilosushairy aster; frost-weed asterYES
Bouteloua curtipendulaside-oats gramaYES
Bromus japonicusJapanese chessNO
Capsella bursa-pastorisshepherd's purseNO
Chenopodium albumlamb's quartersNO
Cirsium altissimumtall thistleYES
Cirsium arvensefield thistle; Canada thistleNO [invasive]
Cirsium discolorpasture thistleYES
Cirsium vulgarebull thistleNO [invasive]
Conyza canadensishorseweedYES
Coreopsis palmataprairie coreopsisYES
Cuscuta  ?
Dactylis glomerataorchard grassNO
Dalea candidawhite prairie cloverYES
Dalea purpureapurple prairie cloverYES
Daucus carotawild carrot; Queen Anne's laceNO [invasive]
Desmanthus illinoensisIllinois sensitive plant; Illlinois bundle flowerYES
Desmodium illinoenseIllinois tick trefoilYES
Echinacea pallidapurple coneflowerYES
Elymus canadensisCanada wild ryeYES
Elymus repensquack grassNO [invasive]
Erigeron annuusannual fleabaneYES
Erigeron philadelphicusmarsh fleabaneYES
Erigeron strigosusdaisy fleabaneYES
Eryngium yuccifoliumrattlesnake masterYES
Eupatorium altissimumtall bonesetYES
Euthamia graminifolia var. nuttalliihairy grass-leaved goldenrodYES
Fallopia scandensclimbing false buckwheatYES
Galium aparineannual bedstraw; cleaversYES
Gaura biennisbiennial gauraYES
Helianthus divaricatuswoodland sunflowerYES
Helianthus giganteustall sunflowerYES
Helianthus grosseserratussawtooth sunflowerYES
Helianthus hirsutushispid sunflowerYES
Helianthus mollisdowny sunflowerYES
Heliopsis helianthoidesfalse sunflower, oxeyeYES
Heuchera richardsoniiprairie alum rootYES
Lactuca serriolaprickly lettuceNO
Lamium purpureumpurple dead nettleNO
Leonurus cardiacamotherwortNO
Lepidium  ?
Lepidium virginicumcommon peppergrassYES
Maianthemum stellatumstarry false Solomon's sealYES
Medicago sativaalfalfaNO
Melilotus albawhite sweet cloverNO [invasive]
Monarda fistulosawild bergamontYES
Nepeta catariacatnipNO
Oenothera bienniscommon evening primroseYES
Oxalis strictatall wood sorrelYES
Panicum virgatumswitch grassYES
Parthenium integrifoliumwild quinine; American feverfewYES
Penstemon digitalisfoxglove beard tongueYES
Phytolacca americanapokeweedYES
Plantago lanceolataEnglish plantainNO
Poa pratensisKentucky blue grassNO [invasive]
Polygonatum biflorumsmooth Solomon's sealYES
Potentilla argutaprairie cinquefoilYES
Potentilla norvegicarough cinquefoil; Norway cinquefoilYES
Prunus virginianachoke cherryYES
Ratibida pinnatayellow coneflower; gray-headed coneflowerYES
Rhus copallina var. latifoliawinged sumac; shining sumacYES
Rosa carolinapasture roseYES
Rudbeckia hirtablack-eyed SusanYES
Ruellia humilishairy ruellia; wild petuniaYES
Rumex crispuscurly dockNO
Silene latifolia ssp. albawhite campionNO
Silphium integrifolium var. integrifoliumrosin weedYES
Silphium laciniatumcompass plantYES
Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatumcup plantYES
Silphium terebinthinaceum var. terebinthinaceumprairie dockYES
Sinapis albawhite mustardNO
Solanum dulcamarabittersweet nightshadeNO [invasive]
Solidago altissimatall goldenrodYES
Solidago caesiablue-stemmed goldenrodYES
Solidago gigantealate goldenrodYES
Solidago speciosa ssp. speciosashowy goldenrodYES
Stellaria mediacommon chickweedNO
Taraxacum officinalecommon dandelionNO
Tradescantia ohiensiscommon spiderwortYES
Trifolium dubiumlittle hop cloverNO
Trifolium repenswhite cloverNO [invasive]
Ulmus rubraslippery elmYES
Urtica dioica ssp. gracilistall nettleYES
Verbena strictahoary vervainYES
Vitis ripariariverbank grapeYES
Zizia aureagolden AlexandersYES
72 native4 unknown26 nonnative(10 invasive non-native)Species count : 102
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