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Leatherleaf bog in Glacial Park

Leatherleaf Bog in Glacial Park

Glacial Park in Illinois is home to a bog dominated by the rare leatherleaf plant.  Volo Bog and Moraine Hills State Park also are home to bogs with the leatherleaf plant.  In winter the bogs in Moraine Hills and Glacial Park turn an almost crimson or burgundy red.

Bogs are created by glacial ice that is buried and then melts.  The Glacial Park brochure goes on to say that they “are wetland areas whose predominant vegetation is sphagnum moss.  Known for their highly acidic soils, low oxygen levels and poor drainage, bogs are spongy, floating mats of vegetation where not much else can survive. ”

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