Prairie restorations with the non-native Echinacea pallida have been planted close to the prairie remnants with the native Echinacea angustifolia. The two species are able to hybridize, but what effect would this have on the few remaining native species? This week, with the help of a few team members, data was collected on the hybrids planted at Hegg Lake. The plants are only 2 years old, but preliminary data collected on the hybrids will help assess whether they will be a threat to the native species.
This photo shows one of the largest hybrids in the experimental plot. The leaf lengths varied anywhere between 1 to 25 cm usually, but this plants leaves reached nearly 35 cm!