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I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered.  But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.

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Plant Fiber Name

Paper Mulberry Bast

Plant Fiber Description

This is the plant that the Chinese used to make paper. It is not native to Kansas. It's a very aggressive tree that spreads by suckers. The paper is very soft easy to work with. No wonder it was the plant of choice for early papermakers.

Paper Mulberry Bast

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