Welcome to Wild Ones Central Wisconsin Chapter!

Membership

Seeking Volunteers!

We are seeking member volunteers to help with the following listed below. This is a good opportunity to engage with fellow native plant and gardening enthusiasts! If interested, please email [email protected].

  • We are seeking volunteers who would like their native plant landscaping to be featured on a garden tour for our August 7th member meeting. We will start the tour by meeting at a central location at 5pm so that folks can carpool from there. We will plan on fitting as many in as we can in a 2 hours tour, so your garden may or may not be featured depending on location and tour route. Please contact Alissa Lick [email protected] to be considered as a part of our tour, and know that no garden is too small! 
  • Seeking a Garden Work Day Coordinator who will work closely with our chapter’s president to identify which gardens need maintenance and help schedule work days for those.
  • Seeking Garden Champions for our Plover Library Garden. Duties include weeding, general maintenance, and helping to coordinate garden work days if needed. You do not need to be a plant expert! Wild Ones members can help manage these gardens as well so you won’t be doing it alone.
  • Managing our Wild Ones booth at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Energy Fair (MREA) on June 22nd, half day shifts.

Jill’s Plant of the Month

June — A field of lupine creates a spectacular sight in spring.  Found in oak savannas, meadows and hillsides along roadways, wild blue lupine is the only host plant to the federally endangered Karner Blue butterfly.  It is also the host plant to seven other butterfly and moth species.  Not producing any nectar, this plant supplies pollen for many bees such as Bumblebees, Mason, Small Carpenter and Mining Bees.  Wild Blue Lupine has recently undergone a common name change to Sundial Lupine to differentiate it from the larger and more aggressive native western blue species, Bigleaf Lupine, (Lupinus polyphyllus) which not only has the possibility of outcompeting our native eastern lupine (Lupinus perennis) but is poisonous to the Karner Blue butterfly larvae.  Also, our native Wild Blue/Sundial Lupine can easily hybridize with Bigleaf Lupine and Russel/Garden Lupines leaving the resulting plants unsuitable as a host plant for the Karner Blue larvae.  This is why it is important to plant only local natives that attract our local native butterflies and bees.  Wild Blue/Sundial lupine is best planted in dry, sandy soil and looks quite stunning in a mass planting.  In a garden setting, combine Wild Blue/Sundial Lupine with native Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa), native columbine or prairie dropseed. 

Wild Blue or Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis)

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