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The Lucas County garden stone was designed using glass as a medium representative of the area being the "Glass Capitol of the World". The floral rendering in the glass stone is of a wild blue lupine-a wild flower native to Northwest Ohio. The wild blue lupine is a potentially threatened species that used to grow here in the sandy soil in great abundance. It had been eradicated from this area as a result of mowing, weed control and fire suppression. Now, The Nature Conservancy is successfully growing lupine at Kitty Todd Preserve and the Toledo Area Metroparks has also reintroduced wild blue lupine in very isolated locations in the Maumee State Forest and along the Wabash-Cannonball Trail within the Oak Openings Region. Blue lupine is the lone host plant for a little butterfly called the Karner Blue. The caterpillar of the Karner Blue butterfly-a federally endangered butterfly- feeds solely on leaves of the wild lupine. When the wild lupine disappeared in this area, so did the Karner Blue butterfly. Currently, the Kitty Todd Preserve is the only location in the state where these butterflies exist today. | Lucas

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Lucas.jpg - The Lucas County garden stone was designed using glass as a medium representative of the area being the "Glass Capitol of the World". The floral rendering in the glass stone is of a wild blue lupine-a wild flower native to Northwest Ohio. The wild blue lupine is a potentially threatened species that used togrow here in the sandy soil in great abundance. It had been eradicated from this area as a result of mowing, weed control and fire suppression. Now, The Nature Conservancy is successfully growing lupine at Kitty Todd Preserve and the Toledo Area Metroparks has also reintroduced wild blue lupine in very isolated locations in the Maumee State Forest and along the Wabash-Cannonball Trail within the Oak Openings Region. Blue lupine is the lone host plant for a little butterfly called the Karner Blue. The caterpillar of the Karner Blue butterfly-a federallyendangered butterfly- feeds solely on leaves of the wild lupine. When the wild lupine disappeared in this area, so did the Karner Blue butterfly. Currently, the Kitty Todd Preserve is the only location in the state where these butterflies exist today.

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