As a south Jersey-based company, why would we be so drawn to a website featuring the native plats of Illinois? The information and the pictures.
Do not be fooled by the simple home page, Illinois Wildflowers is the work of Dr. John Hilty (does anyone know him? web information about him is limited!) and is packed with excellent information and stunning photos. The website is divided in to Prairie Wildflowers; Savanna and Thicket Wildflowers; Woodland Wildflowers; Wetland Wildflowers; Weedy Wildflowers; Grasses, Sedges, Rushes & Spore-bearing Vascular Plants; Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines; Mosses & Liverworts; and includes three databases: Plant-feeding Insects, Flower-visiting Insects and Vertebrate Animal and Plant.
Dr. Hilty is generous with his photos allowing non-commercial use of them as long as you reach out to him and let him know what you are planning to do. So if you are an educator putting together a presentation, this would be a great resource to fill your gap in photos. If your client has questions about the insects and birds that may use the plants you are specifying, this is the site for you!
Because this site is focused on the native plants of Illinois, there are some plants you may be interested in you will not find here, however, make sure this is one of the first places you check out.
One of the best features of this site is the ‘Faunal Associations’ section in each plant description. Here you can learn who you can expect to visit and use this plant. Dr. Hilty includes insects, birds and mammals.
The other place in the descriptions you should be careful to explore are the comments. It is in here you will find detailed descriptions on how to tell look-alike plants apart from each other.
Stop in for a visit and bookmark the page. You will fund the need to visit again and again.