Monday, May 4, 2015

PLANTING A PIEDMONT PRAIRIE




On Earth Day 2015 (April 22, 2015) volunteers gathered to plant seedlings of more than a dozen different prairie plant species on the power line right of way at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. As many Nature Ramblers know, this part of the power line right of way is to become a restored Piedmont Prairie honoring Elaine Nash. These 740 "plugs", each containing one or more seedlings, were grown from seed that was first stratified for 11 weeks before sowing. This enormous effort was the work of and overseen by Heather Alley, the Garden's Conservation Horticulturalist. Heather kindly provided to me the following information about the species planted and/or seed mixtures that were sown. Thank you Heather!

PRAIRIE 740 plugs TOTAL
Scientific name
No. plugs
Anemone virginiana
72
Coreopsis lanceolata
36
Helianthus atrorubens
72
Monarda fistulosa
108
Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides
108
Ratibida pinnata
216
Salvia azurea
36
Salvia urticifolia
8
Silphium compositum
2
Symphyotrichum georgianum
10
Tradescantia virginiana
72


Floodplain 118 plugs TOTAL

Juncus sp.
50
Carex sp.
50
Senna marilandica
18

PRAIRIE SEEDS BROADCAST MIX "A"
MIX SCATTERED THINLY ALONG UPPER EASTSIDE ABOVE DOGWOOD
Scientific Name
Amount(oz)
Seed Lot
Chrysogonum marilandica
5.6
2013
Liatris spicata
14.1
2014
Monarda punctata

2012
Parthenium quincefolia
4.2
2013
Pityopsis graminifolia
1.4
2012
Schizachyrium  scoparium
1
2012
Solidago petiolaris
3.8
2012
Solidago petiolaris
4
2013
Solidago ptarmicoides
8
2014
Sorghastrum elliottii

2012



PRAIRIE SEEDS BROADCAST MIX "A-2"
SCATTERED THINLY ALONG LOWER EASTSIDE BELOW DOGWOOD


Monarda punctata
3.4
2014
Solidago nemoralis
1.1
2013
Solidago petiolaris
7.4
2013
Solidago ptarmicoides
11
2014



PRAIRIE SEEDS BROADCAST mix "B"
MIX SCATTERED THINLY ALONG ENTIRE WEST SIDE:


Helianthus verticillatus

2012
Lezpedeza virgianiana

2011
Monarda fistulosa

2014
Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides
13
2012
Saccharum alopecuroides
6.6
2013
Solidago arguta var. caroliniana
11.2

Solidago nemoralis
8.8
2012
Sorghastrum ellliotii

2014



FLOODPLAIN SEED BROADCAST MIX:
Amount

Cyperus odora
3.2
2014
Andropogon glomeratus
14
2012
Carex frankii
4
2014
Chasmanthium sessifolium
12
2013

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