green roofs

Studying best rooftop plants
4:26 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Green roof research growing

UC student Jill Bader (right) and adviser, Ishi Buffam, weigh plots to calculate water retention in a 2012 summer study about the effect of plant diversity in green roof plots.
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The green roof concept is gaining traction with builders and the eco-conscious but a successful green roof requires more than just planting some vegetation.

A University of Cincinnati pilot study finds some native plants are more successful in our climate than others.

Student Jill Bader and Assistant biology professor Ishi Buffam were surprised to discover a member of the onion family fared best.

"It looks delicate, I think. The foliage is long and thin and it has a very delicate flower. It doesn't look tough but it is," says Bader.

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