"Berry Prairie" Green RoofBerry Center's Green Roof: "The Berry Prairie"

Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center

Follow "The Berry Prairie: Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape",
the Berry Center's green roof blog!


Rather than a traditional metal, shingled, or stone roof, a large part of the Berry Center's roof is now covered in soil and native Wyoming plants ranging from cacti to wildflowers to shrubs.  This space located between the Berry Center and the Geology building, above the Vertebrate Collections Division of the Berry Center. Visitors are welcome!

Interested in how the plants were selected for this man-made prairie?  Read through this informational poster here!

Prepping the green roof
Fall 2010
Planting the green roof
June 2011
September green roof
September 2011


Green Roof Blog! 

Follow the progress of the green roof by reading our blog.  We're blogging about what is in bloom, what's doing well and what's struggling, sightings of pollinators and matrix-level species like spiders and beetles, educational programs relating to the green roof, and more. The blog, entitled "The Berry Prairie: Native Biodiversity in a Rooftop Landscape" can be found at berryprairie.blogspot.com

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Purpose of the Green Roof:

Children on the green roofThe 3,600 square foot green roof was included in the design to serve as:

  1. A natural insulation for the Vertebrate Collection and heat sink for the hot Laramie sun,
  2. An educational space to show campus visitors, faculty and students the wide variety of plants native to the Laramie Basin,
  3. An exploration facility to experiment with attracting native pollinators, spiders, beetles and other matrix-level species, and
  4. A research station to explore green roof plant-related processes, particularly at Laramie's high elevation, including species-specific mortality, seed set, pollination rates, and more. 



Green Roof Plant Species

Forbs (wildflowers)

Dwarf pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia)

Colorado blue columbine (Aquilergia caerula)

Laramie columbine (Aquilergia laramiensis)

Hooker's sandwort (Eremogone hookeri)

Dinosaur milkvetch (Astragalus saurinus)

Common harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

Narrowleaf paintbrush (Castilleja angustifolia)

Sugarbowl clematis (Clematis scotti)

Pincushion cactus (Coryphantha vivipara)

Shooting star (Dodecatheon jeffreyi)

Fewseed draba (Draba oligosperma)

Desert yellow fleabane (Erigeron linearis)

Featherleaf fleabane (Erigeron pinnatisectus)

Showly fleabane (Erigeron speciosus)

Cushion buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium)

Sulfur flower (Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum)

Blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)

Angelica daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis)

Angelica daisy (Tetraneuris torreyana)

Blue flag (Iris missouriensis)

Gayfeather (Liatris punctata)

Blue flax (Linum lewisii)

Silvery lupine (Lupinus argenteus)

Bluebell (Mertensia lanceolata)

Locoweed (Oxytropis nana)

Mountain ball (Pediocactus simpsonii)

Fuzzy tongue penstemon (Penstemon eriatherus)

Smooth penstemon (Penstemon glaber v. alpine)

Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus)

Larchleaf penstemon (Penstemon larisafolius v. excilafolius)

Blue mist penstemon (Penstemon virens)


Grass and sedge species:

Western wheat grass (Elymus smithii)

Blue grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)

Side oats grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Field sedge (Carex praegracilis)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

Indian rice grass (Achnatherum hymenoides)

Sandberg's bluegrass (Poa secunda)

Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)



Bearberry (Arctostaphylus uva-ursi)

Silver sage (Artemisia cana)

Fringed sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

Wyoming big sage (Artemisia tridentata wyomingensis)

Black sage (Artemisia nova)

Birdfoot sage (Artemisia pedatifida)

Oregon grape (Mahonia repens)

Winterfat (Krascheninnikovia lanata)


Forbs continued

Carpet phlox (Phlox hoodii)

Devil's gate twinpod (Physaria eburniflora)

Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens)

Stonecrop (Sedum lanceolatum)

Moss campion (Silene acualis)

Blue eyed grass (Sisyrinchium idahoensis)

Cowboy's delight (Sphaeralcea coccinia)

Townsend's daisy (Townsendia hookeri)

Alpine clover (Trifolium dasyphyllum)

Yucca (Yucca glauca)

Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia polyacantha)


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