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Illustrated on these pages are some northern Ontario wildflowers that occur in waste areas.

Both alien and native wildflowers are illustrated.

Alien wildflowers were introduced to North America from some other continent, such as Europe or Asia.

Waste areas occur along the roads, highways, and empty lots in the city of Sudbury.

Waste areas have soil that is dominated by sand, gravel, rock, and little organic material. Rain water either runs off quickly or percolates quickly into the porous soil. The soil drys out quickly and has little capacity to store water. Road sides, gravel pits, rock dumps, sandy areas beside sidewalks or dwellings are all typical "waste areas". Waste areas are open to wind and are VERY hot.

Tall plants in waste areas adapt by developing deep tap roots to assure access to water. Other plants are short with spreading roots. Their short size minimizes exposure to drying winds. Spreading roots rapidly "drink" rain water before it runs off or seeps into the porous soil.

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Native wildflowers found in waste areas.

Milkweed wildflower, Burwash Ontario.

 

 

Alien Wildflowers found in waste areas - Gallery 1.

Bladder campion wildflower, Burwash

 

 

Alien Wildflowers found in waste areas - Gallery 2.

Bugloss wildflower, Burwash Ontario


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