All Featured Plants

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Achillea millefolium

North Dakota and many other parts of the Northern Hemisphere are home to the common yarrow. Plants occur at elevations up to 10,500 ft.

The... more

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Agalinis aspera

In North Dakota, rough gerardia is mostly found east of the Missouri River. Elsewhere, the plant ranges from Manitoba to Oklahoma eastward to... more

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Agalinis tenuifolia

Restricted to the eastern half of North Dakota, slender gerardia also ranges from Quebec to Manitoba south to Florida and Texas at elevations... more

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Agoseris glauca

Found in nearly every county in North Dakota, false dandelion ranges from western Ontario to British Columbia south to New Mexico and California... more

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Allium stellatum

All but the extreme southwestern corner of North Dakota is home to the pink wild onion. Elsewhere, the plant grows from Illinois to south-central... more

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Allium textile

Of the three species of wild onion we have in North Dakota, white wild onion is the first to bloom. We are well within the range of white wild... more

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Ambrosia psilostachya

Found throughout North Dakota, western ragweed occurs naturally from the Appalachian region to the Rocky Mountains, and is adventive in Europe and... more

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Amorpha canescens

The beautiful dark purple spikes of leadplant should be appearing now on the North Dakota prairies. Leadplant is primarily a plains dweller but... more

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Amorpha nana

Also called "fragrant false indigo", dwarf wild indigo is found throughout North Dakota, and is especially common in the eastern two... more

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Androsace occidentalis

During the early spring season, the diminutive western rock jasmine, also called "fairy candelabra," sometimes appears in great... more

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Anemone canadensis

A resident of all but the extreme southwestern corner of North Dakota, meadow anemone occurs naturally across southern Canada southward to... more

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Anemone cylindrica

Also called "thimbleweed," "cottonweed," and "long-headed anemone," candle anemone occurs throughout North Dakota.... more

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Anemone patens

Is there a rural North Dakotan who does not know the pasqueflower or "crocus?" Though sometimes not our first flower of spring,... more

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Antennaria microphylla

Found almost throughout North Dakota, pink pussy-toes ranges from Ontario and Alaska southwestward to New Mexico and California at elevations up... more

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Antennaria neglecta

It is a delight to discover the neat little field pussy-toes while on a spring stroll across the North Dakota prairie. Field pussy-toes also... more

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Antennaria neodioica

A plant found throughout North Dakota, northern pussy-toes ranges from Newfoundland to Alberta south to Virginia, Nebraska, and Wyoming. The... more

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Apocynum sibiricum

A statewide resident, prairie dogbane or "Indian hemp" is widely distributed across southern Canada, most of the United States, and... more

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Arabis divaricata

A species absent only from the south central part of North Dakota, spreadpod rock cress occupies large areas to the north, east, and west of our... more

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Arabis drummondii

It is unusual that records of Drummond's rock cress are restricted to northern and western North Dakota, for the overall range of the plant... more

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Arabis hirsuta

Every county in North Dakota likely has a population of hairy rock cress. Elsewhere, the plant is very widely distributed, being found from Quebec... more

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Arabis holboellii

Found in all but extreme southeastern North Dakota, Holboell's rock cress occurs from Quebec to Alberta south to New Mexico and California at... more

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Arenaria lateriflora

An easily-overlooked little plant, grove sandwort is also sometimes called "broad-leaved stitchwort." The plant occurs throughout North... more

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Arnica fulgens

Found mostly in central and western North Dakota, arnica also occurs from Saskatchewan to British Columbia south to Colorado and northeastern... more

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Artemisia campestris

Found throughout North Dakota, western sagewort occurs from eastern Canada to Florida westward to Saskatchewan and Texas at elevations up to 9,000... more

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Artemisia dracunculus

Definitely not a candidate for a flower show, silky wormwood occurs throughout our state, and also grows from the Great Lakes area to British... more

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Artemisia frigida

In early August, fringed sage usually blooms on the Dakota prairies. This is a widely distributed plant that naturally occurred at elevations up... more

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Artemisia ludoviciana

One of the most common prairie plants in North Dakota, white sage, is also sometimes called "pasture sage" or "western mugwort.... more

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Asclepias ovalifolia

A plant of northern and eastern North Dakota, ovalleaf milkweed is uncommon west of the Missouri River. Elsewhere, the species can be found in... more

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Asclepias pumila

One of our smallest milkweeds, plains milkweed occurs mostly in the southern half of North Dakota, with most records from southwest of the... more

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Asclepias speciosa

A native North Dakotan with statewide distribution, showy milkweed also occupies prairies and openings from Minnesota to British Columbia south to... more

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Asclepias syriaca

The eastern two-thirds of North Dakota is home to common milkweed. Elsewhere, the species ranges from Maine to Manitoba, south to Georgia and... more

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Asclepias verticillata

An easily overlooked plant, whorled milkweed probably occurs in every county in North Dakota. The plant grows in open areas throughout most of the... more

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Asclepias viridiflora

Found nearly throughout North Dakota, green milkweed occurs in southeastern Canada and from Connecticut to Montana south to Georgia and... more

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Aster ericoides

Found nearly throughout North Dakota, white aster occurs from Maine to Manitoba southwest through the Great Plains to northern Mexico at... more

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Aster oblongifolius

After most plants are done blooming, aromatic aster begins to open its flowers across the North Dakota prairies. Specimens with flowers can... more

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Aster pansus

Herbarium records show that small clustered aster occurs statewide but has not been collected in as many counties as some of our more common... more

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Astragalus adsurgens

One or our most common milk-vetches, lavender milk-vetch occurs statewide. Elsewhere, the plant can be found from Manitoba to Washington southward... more

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Astragalus bisulcatus

A true Great Plains dweller, two-grooved milk-vetch is near the center of its range in North Dakota. The plant occurs nearly throughout our state... more

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Astragalus canadensis

Found throughout North Dakota, Canada milk-vetch blooms in late July. The plant can be found in many parts of Canada, in Siberia, across the... more

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Astragalus ceramicus

In North Dakota, only the extreme southwest is home to painted milk-vetch. Elsewhere, this Great Plains dweller ranges from southern Utah and... more

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Astragalus crassicarpus

The first flowers of groundplum or "buffalo bean" appear about this time of the year in North Dakota. This plant is one of our most... more

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Astragalus gracilis

A true Great Plains dweller, slender milk-vetch occurs west of the Missouri River in North Dakota. The plant is restricted to the belt of dry... more

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Astragalus lotiflorus

Not one of our more striking milk-vetches, lotus milk-vetch is also somewhat uncommon, for it has been collected in only 16 of our 53 counties.... more

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Astragalus missouriensis

All but extreme northeastern North Dakota is home to the Missouri milk-vetch. The plant obviously gets its name from the river, not the state, for... more

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Astragalus pectinatus

A plant of the western half of North Dakota, tine-leaved milk-vetch is a true Great Plains plant whose distribution is limited to the arid... more

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Astragalus racemosus

The western 3/4ths of North Dakota is home to creamy poison-vetch. A true plains dweller, the plant is seldom found outside the band of grasslands... more

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Astragalus tenellus

Central and western North Dakota is home to pulse milk-vetch. The plant has not been recorded in the Red River Valley or our southeastern and... more

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Atriplex argentea

A plant of western North Dakota, silverscale saltbush has been collected only as far east as Barnes County. Elsewhere, the plant ranges west to... more

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Atriplex nuttallii

Mostly found in the western third of North Dakota, moundscale has occasionally been collected as far east as Pembina and Barnes counties. Also... more

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Calochortus nuttallii

Only the row of western North Dakota counties including and directly south of McKenzie can boast the occurrence of the gorgeous mariposa lily.... more