Aromatic aster is one of several late-blooming native wildflowers that can add a splash of beauty to a yard in autumn. 

While traveling to distant forests may be enjoyable to find eye-catching fall color, a variety of native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs can add color to a homeowner's own yard in autumn. Plus these plants are now habitats that benefit insects and wildlife at other times in the year.

People can learn more about adding fall color around their homes at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s free virtual program “Native Plants: Gardening for Fall Color.” This online program will be from 10-10:45 a.m. on Sept. 22 and is being put on by the staff of MDC’s Springfield Conservation Nature Center, according to a press release.

This program is open to all ages. People can register for this event at:

At this program, MDC Naturalist Jordi Raos will share information on plants that can add beauty and habitat benefits to yards, flower gardens and other spaces around the house.

Though this program is free, registration is required to participate. Registrants must provide an e-mail so a program link can be sent to them. This program will include a chat-based question-and-answer period where participants can interact with the presenters.

Staff at MDC facilities across the state are holding virtual programs. A listing of these programs can be found at

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