Welcome to Wild Ones of Northern Kane County

The Northern Kane County Illinois Chapter of Wild Ones was founded in 2009 as a chapter of Wild Ones.  We  are committed to promoting the use of native plants in landscaping, gardening, naturescaping and land restoration. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

The mission of Wild Ones is to promote native plants, natural landscapes, and environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.  Wild Ones continues to lead the natural landscaping movement as we explore, teach, and change the practice of gardening in our communities and around the country to using native plants.  


Please come to the 5th annual Northern Kane County Wild Ones Native Perennial Plant Sale on Saturday May 6, 2017, from 10 AM to 1 PM at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, 28 Brookside Drive, Elgin, Illinois. This year we will offer over 80 species of native plants (native to Northern Illinois) suitable for prairie (full sun) shade, wetland and woodland, in both pint size and plug size from Midwest Groundcovers and Possibility Place. In addition Ohana Farms will once again be offering their selection of native shrubs and trees.

Plants offered:  

Adiantum pedatum                      Maidenhair Fern

Allium cernuum                          Nodding Wild Onion

Amorpha canescens                       Leadplant

Anemone canadensis                    Meadow Anemone

Anemone cylindrica                   Thimbleweed

Anemone virginiana             Tall Thimbleweed

Antennaria plantaginifolia         Pussytoes

Aquilegia canadensis            Wild Columbine

Arisaema triphyllum            Jack in the Pulpit

Asarum canadense               Wild Ginger

Asclepias Exaltata                Poke Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata             Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca               Common Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa             Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata                   Whorled Milkweed

Astragalus canadensis                 Canada Milkvetch

Athyrium filix femina                   Lady Fern

Baptisia alba                                   Wild White Indigo

Baptisia bracteata             Cream Wild Indigo

Bouteloua curtipendula   Side Oats Grama

Camassia scilloides            Wild Hyacinth

Carex pensylvanica             Penn/Common Sedge

Carex radiata                  Straight-styled Wood Sedge

Carex rosea                          Curly-styled Wood Sedge

Carex sprengelii                 Long-beaked Sedge

Carex stipata                     Fox Sedge

Coreopsis lanceolata       Sand Coreopsis

Coreopsis palmata             Prairie Coreopsis

Dalea candida                   White Prairie Clover

Dalea purpurea                  Purple Prairie Clover

Dodecatheon meadia     Shooting Star

Dryopteris goldiana       Goldie’s Wood Fern

Dryopteris marginalis                 Marginal Shield Fern

Echinacea pallida              Pale Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea           Purple Coneflower

Eryngium yuccifolium          Rattlesnake Master

Euphorbia corollata            Flowering Spurge

Filipendula rubra              Queen of the Prairie

Fragaria virginiana            Wild Strawberry

Galium boreale                  Northern Bedstraw

Geranium maculatum      Wild Geranium

Gentiana flavida              Cream Gentian

Geum triflorum                 Prairie Smoke

Hepatica acutiloba             Sharp-lobed Hepatica

Heuchera richardsonii    Prairie Alumroot

Hydrophyllum                   Virginia Waterleaf


Iris virginica var. shrevei          Blue-flag iris

Liatris aspera                           Rough Blazing Star

Liatis cylindracea                Cylindrical Blazing Star

Liatris pycnostachya          Prairie Blazing Star

Liatris spicata                       Marsh Blazing Star

Lilium michiganense           Michigan Lily

Lobelia cardinalis              Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica              Great Blue Lobelia

Mertensia virginica            Virginia Bluebells

Monarda fistulosa              Wild Bergamot

Opuntia humifusa              Eastern Prickly Pear

Onoclea sensibilis              Sensitive Fern

Parthenium integrifolium         Wild Quinine

Penstemon digitalis            Foxglove Beardtongue

Phlox bifida                         Cleft Phlox

Phlox divaricata                 Woodland phlox

Phlox pilosa                           Prairie Phlox

Physostegia virginiana   Obedient Plant

Polemonium reptans        Jacob’s Ladder

Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern

Prenanthes alba                 Lion’s Foot

Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa   Showy Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta                 Black-eyed Susan

Ruellia humilis                  Wild Petunia

Sanguinaria canadensis  Blood Root

Shizachyrium scoparium           Little Bluestem

Sedum ternatum               Wild Stonecrop

Silene regia                         Royal Catchfly

Silene virginica                 Fire Pinks

Silphium laciniatum                     Compass Plant

Silphium terebinthinaceum      Prairie Dock

Sisyrinchium                                 Blue-eyed Grass


Smilacina racemosa        Feathery False Solomon’s Seal

Solidago flexicaulis        Zigzag Goldenrod

Solidago ulmifolia             Elm-leafed Goldenrod

Solidago speciosa              Showy Goldenrod

Symphyotrichum ericoides   Heath Aster

Symphyotrichum laeve   Smooth Blue Aster

Symphyotrichum novae-  New England Aster


Symphyotrichum                Sky-Blue Aster


Symphyotrichum shortii  Short’s Aster

Thalictrum dioicum        Early Meadow Rue

Tiarella cordifolia              Foamflower

Trillium grandiflorum       Large-Flowered Trillium

Uvularia grandiflora          Large-Flowered Bellwort

Veronicastrum virginicum       Culver’s Root

Viola pedata                        Bird’s Foot Violet

Viola pedatifida                  Prairie Violet

Zizia aptera                         Heart-leaved Meadow Parsnip

Zizia aurea                           Golden Alexander




Our 2017 Events are as follows:  (Be sure to check back  here, our Facebook page and our monthly newsletters for addenda and changes.)

April 15, Saturday, HH 9:00 HH Workday, lunch at noon and tour of  Shirley & Jack Pflederer’s garden

April 29, Saturday:  Join us at the Peoples’ Climate March in Chicago

May 5 Friday, HH Preparation for Annual Plant Sale

May 6 Saturday, HH NKWO Annual Plant Sale

May 27, Saturday 10:00 Tour:  Bliss Woods, Sugar Grove

Kaneville Esker

June 24, Saturday 10:00 Tour Schulenberg Prairie

Morton Arboretum Lisle

July 22, Saturday 10:00 Tour April M. Williams gardens, Algonquin

Additional gardens to be added

August 26, Saturday 10:00 Tour Lurie Gardens in Chicago with 

Laura Ekasetya and Scott Stewart, Directors

September 23, Saturday Tour, Northwind Perennial Farm

Burlington, Wisconsin

September 30, Saturday National Public Lands Day

Volunteer at your favorite public land

October 26, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Oaks, Shady Solace

presented by Valerie Blaine

December 7, Thursday, CTL 7:00 Holiday Potluck

CTL:  Christ the Lord Lutheran Church

           12N462 Tina Trail, Elgin

HH:  Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

28 Brookside Drive, Elgin