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Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota

Spring Wildflowers


Chris Grondahl photo: Western wallflower
Chris Grondahl
  Western wallflower
(Erysimun asperum)

Distribution: common statewide
Habitat: upland prairies and ditches
Flowers: pale yellow in color, with 4 bright petals up to 1 inch long, flowers cluster at the end of each stalk
Height: 8-27 inches
Blooms: late May to late June
Family name: Mustard (Brassicaceae)
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Lakota Indians used entire plant either in tea or chewed to treat stomach and bowel cramps.


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