Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)

Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)

Mesic Prairie

The Mesic Prairie ecosystem includes areas with full sun and less than 10% tree canopy; soil moisture is available throughout the growing season. The soil is comparable to a good garden soil.

Alexanders, Golden (Zizia aurea)
Alumroot, Prairie (Heuchera richardsonii)
Aster, Heath (Symphyotrichum ericoides)
Aster, New England (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Aster, Sky-blue (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense)
Aster, Smooth Blue (Symphyotrichum laeve)
Beardtongue, Foxglove (Penstemon digitalis)
Beardtongue, Smooth (Penstemon calycosus)
Bergamot, Wild (Monarda fistulosa)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Black-eyed Susan, Showy (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa)
Black-eyed Susan, Sweet (Rudbeckia subtomentosa)
Blazing Star, Cylindrical (Liatris cylindracea)
Blazing Star, Marsh (Liatris spicata)
Blazing Star, Prairie (Liatris pycnostachya)
Blazing Star, Rough (Liatris aspera)
Bluestem, Big (Andropogon gerardii)
Bluestem, Little (Schizachyrium scoparium)
Brome, Ear-leaved (Bromus latiglumis)
Brome, Woodland 
(Bromus pubescens)
Brown-eyed Susan
(Rudbeckia triloba)
Bush Clover, Round-headed (Lespedeza capitata)
Bulrush, Red (Scirpus pendulus)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Cinquefoil, Prairie (Potentilla arguta)
Cinquefoil, Shrubby (Potentilla fruticosa)
Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum)
Coneflower, Gray-headed (Ratibida pinnata)
Coneflower, Pale Purple (Echinacea pallida)
Coneflower, Purple (Echinacea purpurea)
Cord Grass, Prairie (Spartina pectinata)
Coreopsis, Prairie (Coreopsis palmata)
Coreopsis, Sand (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Coreopsis, Tall (Coreopsis tripteris)
Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)
Fowl Manna Grass (Glyceria striata)
Goldenrod, Common Grass-leaved (Euthamia graminifolia)
Goldenrod, Early (Solidago juncea)
Goldenrod, Old-field (Solidago nemoralis)
Goldenrod, Riddell's (Oligoneuron riddellii)
Goldenrod, Showy (Solidago speciosa)
Goldenrod, Stiff (Oligoneuron rigidum)
Hyacinth, Wild (Camassia scilloides)
Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Indigo Bush (Amorpha fruticosa)
Indigo, White Wild
(Baptisia leucantha)
Ironweed, Common (Vernonia fasciculata)
Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)
Lily, Michigan (Lilium michiganense)
Loosestrife, Narrow-leaved (Lysimachia quadriflora)
Loosestrife, Winged (Lythrum alatum)
Milkweed, Common (Asclepias syriaca)
Mint, Common Mountain (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Mint, Horse (Monarda punctata)
Mint, Ohio Horse (Blephilia ciliata)
Mint, Wood (Blephilia hirsuta)
Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Onion, Nodding Wild (Allium cernuum)
Onion, Wild (Allium canadense)
Parsnip, Heart-leaved Meadow (Zizia aptera)
Petunia, Wild (Ruellia humilis)
Prairie Clover, Purple (Dalea purpurea)
Prairie Clover, White (Dalea candida)
Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)
Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)
Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)
Quinine, Wild (Parthenium integrifolium)
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
Rose, Early Wild (Rosa blanda)
Rose, Illinois (Rosa setigera)
Rose, Pasture (Rosa carolina)
Rosin Weed (Silphium integrifolium)
Sedge, Copper-shouldered Oval (Carex bicknellii)
Sedge, Long-awned Bracted (Carex gravida)
Sedge, Palm (Carex muskingumensis)
Sedge, Running Marsh (Carex sartwellii)
Sedge,Yellow Fox (Carex annectens)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)
Spiderwort, Common (Tradescantia ohiensis)
St. Johnswort, Spotted (Hypericum punctatum)
Sunflower, Downy (Helianthus mollis)
Sunflower, False (Heliopsis helianthoides)
Sunflower, Western (Helianthus occidentalis)
Sweet Grass (Hierochloe odorata)
Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)
Thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)
Tick Trefoil, Illinois (Desmodium illinoense)
Tick Trefoil, Showy (Desmodium canadense)
Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia cespitosa)
Vervain, Blue (Verbena hastata)
Vervain, Hoary (Verbena stricta)
Vetch, Canadian Milk (Astragalus canadensis)
Wild Golden Glow (Rudbeckia laciniata)