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Timothy

Phleum pratense
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Habitat: Roadsides, pastures, and clearings.

Description: Long stem, tufted, grows in large clumps.  The flower at the tip is very dense, spiky with a hairy fringe. Stands very straight.  Light green in color, that turns to brown through the summer.

Size: 40-90cm tall.

Fun Facts: Timothy grass produces pollen that many people are allergic to, so it is used when making vaccines and medicine used for hay fever.

Source:  Johnson D., L. Kershaw, A. MacKinnon, and J. Pojar.  Plants of the Western Boreal Forest and Aspen Parkland.  1995.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Checkered White
Pieris protodice

Habitat:  The Checkered White is a migrant species that flies up into the prairies and parkland areas of southern Alberta in the spring time to lay their eggs.

Description:  A predominately white butterfly, on the upper side of its wings it has dark splotches along the edges arranged like a checker board.

Size:  40 -50 mm

Diet:  The...

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