If you are out paddling this Memorial Day weekend, see if you can spot a green dragon. They will not harm you, are not at all scary and are a thing of unique beauty. Green Dragons (Arisaema dracontium) are a native perennial. They are now out and blooming along the shady floodplains of the Salt Fork River. The plant is about three feet tall and will have a naked white flower stalk.The one pictured here also has a small offshoot which is one way they spread. Sometimes you get lucky and find a group of Green Dragons.
Salt Fork Friends is a loose collection of people interested in sharing information, experience, and opportunities for the enjoyment of the Salt Fork River in east-central Illinois (Champaign and Vermilion Counties), and its watershed, wildlife habitats, and recreation areas.
Check out the annotated map of the Salt Fork River, showing popular access points as well as natural, historic, and civic points of interest. Contribute your ideas and additional sites by adding comments to the map post, and we'll add them to the map.