From pioneer times up to now, the Midwest's prairie
landscape has been dramatically altered.
Prairie wildflowers and the life forms dependent upon
those plants have been annihilated across large swaths.
Modern farming and urban sprawl have accelerated this
destruction in the last forty years.
In destroying native life habitat the scaffolds holding up
our very own health are being battered down. What is
the connection? Our own human needs on this planet
are locked into a world dependent on a living biodiversity.
The nutrient cycle enabling our food crops is founded on
other living organisms. The oxygen we breathe comes
from the photosynthesis process of plants.
Insects play crucial roles in the vitality of the plant life as
well as in the part of the nutrient cycle that creates
We could continue to exploit the planet surface without
regard for other life forms. We could do this and we could
yet live to a ripe old age. However, future generations
will be harmed.
We should act to improve the future, not diminish that
future. Committing to an ethic of conservation and
stewardship is our responsibility.
Therefore, take action. One way is by planting prairie
wildflowers on your property.
Prairie wildflowers are vitally important to native life.
The biodiversity platforms the complex interactions of
most living things here in the Midwest. Without that
platform, most life forms; including humans, would fail
Prairie wildflowers have transformational qualities when
introduced to a landscape. For instance, prairie
wildflowers amplify the number of pollinators and song
As food sources, prairie wildflowers produce nutrient rich
In addition, certain insects use particular plants to eat as
host plants in order to mature into adulthood.
Furthermore, an advantage from prairie wildflowers is
the sending out of large root systems. These extensive
roots filter run-off water. This means the water is
cleansed before passing further below into the aquifer.
These plants take carbon out of the air and send it to the
roots which lock the carbon into the soil.
Yet other help comes from the displays of beautiful
blooms, interesting textures, and varied heights. Prairie
wildflowers have a healing and inspiring effect on us.
The fact is, our prairie wildlife gardens are one of the last
lines of defense to protect native pollinators from going
extinct. We can create habitat and provide many
butterflies and bumble bees with everything they need.
In turn, this ensures that all of our beautiful native
prairie plants receive the pollination services they need to
stay perpetuate themselves.
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