What’s blooming in Besa’s yard? Lizard’s tail

Blog and photos by Besa Schweitzer
Webmaster, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus)

Plant name:
Lizard’s tail (Saururus cernuus)

This plant is found in rain gardens and ponds. Lizard’s tail colonizes wet soil. It gets it’s name from the white drooping flower stalk you can find June through September. It’s arrow-shaped leaves grow on stems that can grow to two feet tall. 

Why I chose this plant:
I like the way the plant smells. It has a licorice scent when you break a leaf or disturb the soil, which is a nice break from the anaerobic smells you usually get when messing around with pond plants.

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2017 July monthly gathering highlights

People sitting in backyard

July’s Saturday Gathering at the home of Sherri DeRousse and Andy Guti
Photo by Andy Guti

July 5 and 8, 2017
Sherri DeRousse and Andy Guti hosted two July yard tour gatherings. Attendance was 22 members and five guests on Wednesday evening July 5, and 17 members and five guests on Saturday July 8. As a discussion format, Marsha Gebhardt interviewed Sherri.

Sherri and Andy became interested in native plant landscaping in 2003 while Sherri was working on a land development project within the city limits of Columbia, MO. She consulted with Steven Apfelbaum of Applied Ecological Services in Wisconsin who identified a portion of the property as being remnant prairie. A natural resource inventory of 100 native species was taken by Nels Holmberg. Additional prairie plants were added. Sherri and Andy joined Wild Ones as members of the Mid-Missouri Chapter. Years later they moved to St. Louis.

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Weeding party at The College School LaBarque campus

Snowberry Clearwing Moth (Hemaris diffinis) on Redwhiskers (Polanisia dodecandra)

Blog and Photos by Besa Schweitzer
Member and Webmaster, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter
Horticulturalist at The College School LaBarque campus

The College School LaBarque campus

I’m planning a weeding party at The College School LaBarque campus on Tuesday, July 18.

Please arrive between 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. for a few hours of weeding followed by a picnic lunch down by the creek.

The College School LaBarque campus recently added a living building for their students which is a sustainably-built classroom with solar panels, composting toilets, and native landscaping. Wild Ones donated money to help purchase plants for the pollinator garden which includes six rain gardens.

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2017 Spring Wildflower Market Update

By Dawn Weber
Member-at-Large, Plant Sale Chairperson, and
Chairperson, Technology Committee, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter


During the Mother’s Day weekend, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter sold 2,110 Missouri native wildflowers and shrubs to Spring Wildflower Market shoppers that were eager to learn about and purchase native plants. Some folks came in with plant lists, others were looking for guidance about what to buy, and we helped them all.

Marypat Ehlmann with some beautiful lanceleaf coropsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Our plants looked GREAT this year. The lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) and beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) were in bloom and sold out quickly, as did other favorites like Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and the spring ephemerals like bluebells (Mertensia virginica) and celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). We had a lot of milkweed (Asclepias spp.) to sell this year, although some species ran out earlier than others.

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Wild Ones members get idyllic, ringside seats for the eclipse

By Marsha Gebhardt
President, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

As excitement builds around the total eclipse on August 21, people are making plans for where to view it with their family and friends. The lucky members of St. Louis Wild Ones and St. Louis Audubon are offered an outstanding viewing experience at the Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR).

Reasons to choose this viewing site:

Location: SNR is located very close to the center of the viewing path, with almost the longest period of total eclipse.

Setting: The Whitmire Wildflower Garden setting is beautiful and full of the native plants that we are so interested in. Only cars with Wild Ones and/or Audubon members, displaying the printed flier, will be allowed to park in the Bascom House/Wildflower Garden parking area. All others will be directed to the “plant sale parking lot” near Robertsville Road. Dowload the flier – Eclipse Aug 21, 2017_flier to print it.

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