PH species list for SW Louisiana-Gulf-Coastal-wet-prairie-seed collection, 2014

Special thanks to biologists Dr. Charles M. Allen, Dr. Malcolm F. Vidrine, Dr. Charles Bryson, Chris Reid, Larry Allain, Dr. Charles Bryson, Gail Barton, and Dr. Billy Delany for their valuable assistance with guiding work to develop this list!

Louisiana Coastal Tall Grass Wet Prairie Species collection-list 2015                              Pastorek Habitats, LLC, Covington, Louisiana

grasses and grass-like species

Andropogon gerardii

Andropogon glommeratus

Andropogon gyrans

Andropogon ternarius

Andropogon scoparium

Andropogon virginicus

Anthaenantia rufa

Aristida purpurascens

Aristida dichotoma

Aristida longespica

Bothriochloa longipaniculata

Carex glaucescens

Carex vulpinoidea

Cladium jamaicense

Coelorachis cylindrica

Coelorachis rugosa

Ctenium aromaticum

Cyperus acuminatus

Cyperus erythrorhizos

Cyperus haspan

Cyperus psuedovegetus

Cyperus oxylepis

Cyperus virens

Dicanthelium aciculare

Dicanthelium commutatum

Dicanthelium dichotomum

Dicanthelium scoparium

Dicanthelium scabrusculum

Dichromena colorata

Digitaria filiformis var. villosa

Eliocharis montevidensis

Eliocharis quadrangularis

Eragrostis elliotii

Eragrostis refracta

Eragrostis spectabilis

Erianthus gigantea

Erianthus strictus

Eriocolon decangulare

Fuirena squarrosa

Juncus dichotomus

Juncus tenuis

Juncus marginatus

Leersia orysoides

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhlenbergia capillaris var expansa

Panicum anceps

Panicum dichotomiflorum

Panicum dichotomum

Panicum virgatum

Paspalum floridanum

Paspalum laeve

Paspalum praecox

Paspalum plicatulum

Rhynchospora corniculata

Rhynchospora inexpansa

Rhyncospora glaberata

Rhyncospora globularis

Scirpus cyperinus

Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium tenerum

Scleria pauciflora

Scleria reticularis

Sorgastrum nutans

Sporobolus junceus

Steinchisma hians

Tridens ambiguus

Tridens flavus

Tridens strictus

Tripsicum dactyloides

forbs and composites

Agalinus fasciculata

agalinus purpurea

Agalinus viridis

Aletris aurea

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Arnoglossum ovata

Asclepias lanceolata

Asclepias obovata

Asclepias viridiflora

Baptisia alba

Baptisia bracteata

Baptisia spherocarpa

Baptisia nuttalliana

Bigelowia nudata

Boltonia difusa

Boltonia asteroides

Biden aristosa

Bidens mitis

Buchnera americana

Cicuta maculata

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Coreopsis tinctoria

Coreopsis lanceolata

Coreopsis linifolia

Coreopsis tripteris

Coreopsis pubescens

Chrysopsis mariana

Croton monanthogynus

Croton capitatus

Dalea candida

Desmodium paniculatum

Echinacea pallida

Erigeron strigusus

Eryngium yuccafolium

Eryngium integrifolium

Erythrina herbacea

Eupatorium album

Eupatorium coelestinum

Eupatorium hyssopifolium

Eupatorium ivifolium

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium rotundifolium

Eupatorium xpinnatifidum

Euphorbia corollata

Eurybia hemispherica

Euthamia leptocephala

Euthamia tenuifolia

Gailardia aestivalis

Gailardia aestivalis var flarovirens

Gnaphalium obtusifolium

Guara lindhiemeri

Guara longiflora

Helianthus angustifolius

Helianthus mollis

Heterotheca subaxillaris

Hibiscus mosheutos

Hibiscus grandiflorus

Hypericum nudiflorum

Hydrolea ovata

Hydrolea unifora

Hyptis alata

Kosteletzkya virginica

Lespedeza capitata

Lespedeza virginica

Liatris acidota

Liatris elegans

Liatris spicata

Liatris pycnostachya

Liatris squarrosa

Lobelia appendiculata

Lobelia floridana

Lobelia puberula

Manfreda virginica

Monarda fistulosa

Monarda lindhiemeri

Monarda punctata

Oxypolis filiformis

Passiflora incarnata

Penstemon digitalis

Pluchea comphorata

Pluchea foetida

Polytaenia nuttallii

Pycnanthemum albescens

Pycnanthemum muticum

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

Rhexia mariana

Rhexia lutea

Rhexia virginica

Ruellia humilis

Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia grandiflora

Rudbeckia texana

Sabatia campestris

Sabatia gentianoides

Sabatia macrophylla

Salvia azurea

Scutellaria integrifolia

Shrankia quadrivalis

Silphium asteriscus

Silphium gracile

Silphium Laciniata

Solidago nitida

Solidago odora

Solidago rugosa

Solidago sempervirens

Strophostyles umbellata

Symphyotrichum dumosum

Symphyotrichum concolor

Symphyotrichum lateriflorus

Symphyotrichum patens

Symphyotrichum praealtus

Tephrosia onobrychoides

Teucrium canadense

Vernonia gigantea

Vernonia missourica

Vernonia texana

prairie phenology, Obama goes native, Chris Reid prairie presentation-video, gaga for Milkweeds…

In prairie, a picture doesn’t speak a thousand words. You have to get out in it to see a prairie first hand to really begin to try to grasp it. Its like trying to describe the vastness of the scenery from a 14000 footer in the rockies with a picture. It doesn’t cut the mustard, as my Dad used to say. Of the many aspects of Malcolm Vidrine’s book The Cajun Prairie: A Natural History, the phenology chart is one of my favorite graphics for conveying the sequenced abundance of the prairie.

Prairie phenolgy describes what transpires florally through the season and in this case, the Cajun Prairie, the Coastal Prairie of southwestern Louisiana. Every month that passes changes the landscape. This listing of 170 species is about half of the 350+ herbaceous species in the Cajun Prairie that have Coefficients of Conservatism, 4 or higher.   fact: Cajun Prairie is one of the most diverse of all prairie grass systems in North America.


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…” as the seasons advance, the panorama of the landscape varies to an extent that is almost kaleidescopic in character…”   John E. Weaver  (amazing prairie dude)

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above: a “succession through the season” interpretive graphic produced by the design team of Roy Dufreche, Adam Perkins, Margaret Wilkinson, and myself for the one-acre prairie/savanna garden at Chapapeela Sports Park in Hammond. Louisiana.

For more on Coefficients of Conservatism, see the link below:

Also, check out the presidential memorandum on native plants and pollinators for federal building projects. saweet!

See an amazingly solid presentation by State botanist Christopher Reid on the interest in conserving new discovered and superbly awesome prairie lands that are in private hands. The presentation was at the State of the Prairie Conference held by the Coastal Prairie Partnership (Louisiana and Texas). It is well worth a sit-down listen.  link-up!

Dr. Mac Vidrine, Milkweed Master.


above: Malcolm guides a group of Louisiana Master Naturalist students through his front-yard plant breeding nursery, Eunice Louisiana, June 2014

If you are a fan of Monarchs and butterflies in general, and you haven’t yet seen the newsletter from the spring of this year from the Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society, you might want to check it out since it is full of good stuff, lots to do with Monarchs and Milkweeds. Dr. Allen and Dr. Vidrine both wrote an article worthy of study. linkarama…

Malcolm has devised some neat ways to counter the mortality rate of nursery grown milkweeds as they transition into the landscape.


Mac Vidrine’s hand adds scale to the fruiting Asclepias tuberosa, Orange Milkweed, in his garden, hidden snugly amongst the Little Bluestem grass. August 2014


above: yearling Tuberosa Milkweeds. Dr. Vidrine starts his seed in peat pots and then transplants them into ten gallon sized nursery containers for the entire first growing season. You can just barely make-out the peat pots here in this image. After a year in the pots, he carefully removes the rootball-soil, he slides the entire rootmass from the pots and then plants it halfway into the prairie garden soil, as a single unit. The upper part of the rootball is left above ground so isn’t susceptible to rot. This leaves half of the rootball above ground, allowing the plants to become fully established during the second year.


an Asclepias perennis crop coming on…


above: a crop of Asclepias verticilata


the very sharp Mac “the Knife” Vidrine surveying his milkweed-permaculture extravaganza


the prairie dudes, circa 2001-2, me on far left, Charles Allen, Peter Loos, Bill Fontenot, Malcolm Vidrine, Larry Allain


this is me after several years, showing the detrimental effects resulting from a chronic interest in diverse natural prairie.  🙂