Native or Introduced? A plants tour of Carter Park

Do you ever wonder what the plants are as you walk along the paths of Carter Park? This tour will help you identify them as you go and help you know what is native and what is not.

Native or Introduced? A plants tour of Carter Park

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio 45034, United States

Created By: Anne Livingston

Tour Information

Planting native plants is a great way to help your local ecosystem. They support the pollinators, animals and soil ecosystems that keep our ecosystem in balance. On this tour, you can learn to recognize what those plants are and take what you know back to your own yard.


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What You'll See on the Tour

Native or Introduced? NATIVE! If you look to your left, you will notice a tall tree with teardrop shaped leaves. The leaves have serrated edges. This is an American Elm tree and it is one of three common elm trees found in the area. Those ... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED Make sure you are looking at the ground for this one. This common weed is native to Europe and Asia, but now grows all over Ohio. It has small purple flowers and the leaves vary from green at the base to dee... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED and INVASIVE! You will see this plant growing on your left, although now that you can recognize it you will also notice it growing in many places throught the park! The multiflora rose can be beautiful, but ... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE There are silver maple trees to on both sides of the trail in this spot. They are beautiful trees that are native to Ohio and, in fact, it is one of the most common trees in the United States. It has one of th... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE The Eastern Red Cedar is the most common evergreen conifer found in the state! It grows predominantly right here in southwestern Ohio where the alkaline soil helps it thrive. It grows where few other woody plant... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED and INVASIVE The Autumn Olive was introduced to the United States in 1830 and was planted widely as an ornamental. Birds and mammals help to distribute the seeds and the plant is now invasive. it can degrade... Read more
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Native or Introduced? NATIVE! This lush green moss is also known as “Poodle Moss”. It is usually found on tree bases and on limestone rocks or concrete bridges. It will appear yellow in the winter months, but bright green during the spr... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE The yellow flowers you see in the pictures bloom from March to May. Golden Ragwort prefers moist soil and shaded woodlands just like the path you are on. You can find it on both sides of the trail in various spo... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE Snakeroot loves the shade and you will find it covering the ground in various places through this section. In the summer, small green flowers shoot up above the leaves.
Native or Introduced? NATIVE! The Ohio Buckeye is not only native but also our state tree. It is easily recognized by its five part leaf and the thorny fruits that it grows. You will see many saplings just beginning to grow along this path ... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED and INVASIVE Garlic Mustard is now a common wildflower found in Ohio but it didn't originally belong here. It can grow up to 6 feet tall! Because it is an introduced plant, it often displaces native vegetati... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE! The bark of the American Sycamore helps distinguish it even in the winter. The bark sloughs off in scales leaving a smooth, whitish inner bark.The bark can sometimes resemble a camouflage pattern. The fruit lo... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE Also known as Common Wintercress, this delicate yellow flower is native to Ohio. It blooms throughout the spring time. You will notice it growing on both sides of the the trail through this section. ...
Native or Introduced? NATIVE! The Cracked Cap Polypore is a fungus commonly seen growing on the trunks of trees. It can grow quite large in size and there is a very large one located on the tree on the north side of the trail. You may have ... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE! The Mayapple is native to Ohio and colonized by rhizomes which means many plants can spring from a single root. It forms a single blossom like flower under the leaf which then develops into an edible golden-yel... Read more
Native or Introduced? NATIVE! Wild onions are highly recognizable due to their pungent aroma. They look very similar to the green onions that you buy at the supermarket. You will be able to see them growing low to the ground. They are surro... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED and INVASIVE! Although the honeysuckle is ubiquitous in our area, it was actually introduced from Asia to be used as an ornamental shrub. It quickly reproduced and has proliferated the entire region. It can ... Read more
Native or Introduced? INTRODUCED Red Clover is one of many introduced species of clover in the state of Ohio. Many people with seasonal allergies are sensistive to its pollen. It's blooms are a bright purple but occasionally you will find a... Read more

 

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