The invasive potential of Echinacea pallida in western Minnesota

Year: 2015
Project Description:

In Minnesota, tallgrass prairie has been reduced to less than 1 percent of its original extent. Although prairie restorations have been planted to increase the extent of prairie habitat, these restorations sometimes use non-native species. For example, a prairie restoration in our study area in western Minnesota was planted with the non-native Echinacea pallida. We don't know whether this population could invade nearby native prairie or how the non-native species may interact with native prairie plants. We seek an REU to design and implement a research project to assess the potential for small E. pallida populations to grow and compete with the native E. angustifolia. For more information visit the Echinacea Project website: http://echinaceaProject.org/

Fieldwork Conditions:
Bees, Insects, Poison Ivy, Pollen