While sometimes difficult to see and appreciate while traveling at the speed limit, the diversity of our native wildflowers becomes apparent in the months of summer.  In addition to the many services and benefits listed below, our roadside habitats provide important nectar and pollen sources for many species of birds and beneficial insects.

Roadside - Services

The native grasses and wildflowers of Iowa's original prairie landscape are well-adapted for use on roadsides. Hardy and beautiful, native roadsides offer aesthetic, economic, environmental, and educational opportunities. Establishing prairie plants in roadside rights-of-way: 
  • provides low-maintenance weed and erosion control
  • reduces surface runoff and erosion by improving infiltration
  • reduces snow drifting and winter glare
  • ensures sustainability by increasing species diversity
  • enhances wildlife habitat
  • beautifies the landscape by providing
    ever changing color and texture
    throughout the year
  • preserves our natural heritage

Support Iowa's Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program

The state of Iowa invests in the enhancement and protection of its natural and cultural resources through REAP. The annual REAP appropriation is set by the legislature, and is supplemented by sales of natural resource license plates. The Living Roadway Trust Fund is one of many beneficiaries of the program.  Iowa citizens are the biggest beneficiaries, and have several opportunities to ensure REAP's success. Visit REAP  to learn more, or click the license plate for information about purchasing natural resource plates.

Click here to view this native Iowa plant life.
  Scientific Name:
    Hypericum punctatum

  Common Name:
    Dotted St. John's Wort


  Bloom Month:
    Jun Jul Aug Sep

  Bloom Color:

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