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Joe-pye weed, a tall forb native to moist areas of prairie and a favorite of pollinators like bees and butterflies, is within a day or two of blossoming in a West Fargo yard. Keith Corliss

Many benefits evident in growing wild plants

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It all starts with green plants. They are the direct beneficiaries of the sun's benevolent and life-giving rays, magically, silently divining sugars from light energy in a process known as photosynthesis. Without this organic alchemy wondrously taking place every hour of every day around the earth, virtually nothing else would exist. The food chain or web or however you defined it in school, wholly depends upon step number one: the presence of green plants.

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