HERBACEOUS PLANTS OF WILDERGARDEN
Herbaceous plants at Wildergarden are green-stemmed plants in the form of woodland wildflowers (also known as forbs), and grasses and sedges. We have photos that show the progressing inventory of these plants. In the early rescue stage after disturbance, herbaceous plants that volunteered, such as purslane, were temporary. The next stage was prairie, in which sun-loving plants (forbs and grasses) thrived. They immediately drew pollinating insects, and a specific set of birds. As succession continued, eventually a volunteer tree canopy began to form. At this point wildflowers, grasses and sedges shifted into shade-loving and edge of forest species that utilize partial shade. Insect and bird populations noticeably shifted as well.
We believe that allowing succession to reach the forest level provides more habitat for pollinating insects and other beneficial wildlife than maintaining the landscape at the wildflower prairie level. Holding forested soil in a prairie system prevents a complete seasonal successional habitat from forming and limits wholistic biodiversity from occurring.