• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Wildflowers

Nature and Science

Aster

LIHO

The wildflowers that reigned majestic on the tallgrass prairie of pre-settlement days are not a part of Lincoln Home National Historic Site today. During Mr. Lincoln’s residency, from 1844 – 1861, local nurseries sold many varieties of nonnative flowering plants. Mary Lincoln planted roses in her yard. Other common plantings included peonies, heliotropes, flowering quince, and lilacs. These nonnative species replaced the pre-settlement wildflowers that graced the prairie in earlier years. The coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata) and black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) planted around the parking lot and Visitor Center are reminiscent of the wildflowers that were once a part of the central Illinois landscape.

Did You Know?

Election Flag, 1864

Lincoln insisted on having the 1864 election in the midst of war. "You can not have free government without elections...if the rebellion could force us to forgo a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois