Published: August 18, 2016

Campaigning for CHANGE! Don't be Shallow - Vote for Mallow

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent, Brain Scoop

In our last video we got to see one of the rarest flowers in the world blooming in its habitat for the first time in over a decade. It's the Kankakee mallow (Iliamna remota), under threat of extirpation and completely unique to Illinois... and we want to make it the official state flower! Field outreach coordinator Robb Telfer kicked off the campaign and we're TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS. It's an election year, after all. 

Want to help us change the state flower of Illinois?! Write to your own state rep and ask them to co-sponsor this bill! Also tell them why you think it's a good idea. Doesn't need to be lengthy, and politeness helps. Here is where you can check for updates on HB4338.
The current bill to change the state flower of Illinois from the violet, to the unique Kankakee Mallow (Iliamna remota).

Read more about the campaign at Habitat 2030.

If you want to know more, help out, and follow the progress of the Kankakee Mallow, check out the Friends of Langham Island Facebook group.
More info about Langham Island
Habitat 2030
You can get involved in habitat restoration with the Field Museum! AND you get to hang out with Robb. 
Mallow propaganda art designed by Liz Anna Kozik.

Check out the podcast on the mallow by our friends In Defense of Plants.

Special thanks to Robb Telfer, Trevor Edmonson, Habitat2030 and The Friends of Langham Island for all of their work to support the Kankakee Mallow's unique habitat, and also for making this campaign a possibility.