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Illinois holds a great diversity of natural habitats and communities, from cypress swamps in the south, beech maple forests in the east, tallgrass prairies in the central region, steep bluffs and palisades along the western rivers, bogs and wetlands in the northern counties, and numerous other unique natural communities in between.

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Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Iroquois County, Illinois  (photo by Chris Benda)

Loda Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve, Iroquois County, Illinois
photo by Chris Benda

Guide to Spring Wildflower Hikes in Southern Illinois

Guide to Spring Wildflower Hikes in Southern IllinoisPhotos and text by Chris Evans and Chris Benda

Inside Cover and Introduction

Trillium Trail, Giant City State Park

Rocky Bluff Trail, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

Round Bluff Trail, Ferne Clyffe State Park

Snake Road Trail, Shawnee National Forest

Heron Pond Trail, Cache River State Natural Area

Rim Rock Trail, Shawnee National Forest

Little Grand Canyon Trail, Shawnee National Forest

Common Spring Wildflowers in Southern Illinois

Citation: Evans, C. W. and C. D. Benda. 2013. Guide to Spring Wildflower Hikes in Southern Illinois. Illinois Native Plant Society - Southern Chapter. 20 pgs.

Spring Flora of the Southern Illinois Region - Rapid Field Guide of spring flora found south of Route 64