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For Your Garden - May 2012

Have you been meaning to add a few native plants to your garden? Now is the perfect time. Native plants provide beauty as well as food and shelter for wildlife. Native species are adapted to the Illinois climate. They require little or no watering and are resistant to drought, insects and most diseases. Because they are perennials, you can welcome their presence year after year.

wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)

Wild hyacinth is a member of the lily family of plants and grows from a bulb. It can be found statewide in prairies and woodlands. The leaves arise from the base and are long and narrow. A single leaf may be up to 12 inches long. Flowers are produced from April through June. Flower color varies from white to light purple. Ten to 12 flowers develop at the end of a leafless stalk. Each flower has three petals, three sepals and six yellow stamens.

Classification and taxonomy are based on Mohlenbrock, Robert H. 2014. Vascular flora of Illinois: A field guide. Fourth edition. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale. 536 pp.

Illinois Range

Native Plant Information

For more information about Illinois native plants, visit our Native Habitat Descriptions, Requirements, and Plant Lists page. The following publications are available from the IDNR on our publications page.


​Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae

Illinois Status: common, native