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Scorpionweeds - Photo (c) Patrick Alexander, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Scorpionweeds Info
Phacelia (phacelia, scorpionweed, heliotrope) is a genus of about 200 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants, native to North and South America. (From Wikipedia)
Seep Monkeyflower - Photo (c) J Brew, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Seep Monkeyflower Info
Mimulus guttatus, the Common monkey-flower, is a yellow bee-pollinated annual or perennial herbaceous wildflower that grows along the banks of streams and seeps in western North America. (From Wikipedia)
Phrymaceae - Photo (c) J Brew, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Phrymaceae Info
Phrymaceae (Schauer 1847), also known as the Lopseed family, is a small plant family in the order Lamiales. It now consists of about 190 species, distributed worldwide but with the majority in western North America (about 130 species) and Australia (about 30 species). (From Wikipedia)
barberry - Photo (c) James Gaither, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
barberry Info
Berberis (/ˈbɜrbərɪs/) is a genus of about 450-500 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs from 1–5 m tall with thorny shoots, found throughout the temperate and subtropical regions of the world (apart from Australia). Species diversity is greatest in South America, Africa and Asia; Europe has a few species, and North America two. The most well-known Berberis species is the so-called European barberry, Berberis vulgaris, which is common in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and... (From Wikipedia)
Black Elderberry - Photo (c) Franco Folini, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Black Elderberry Info
Sambucus nigra is a species complex of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae, native to most of Europe. Common names include elder, elderberry, black elder, European elder, European elderberry and European black elderberry, It grows in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, primarily in sunny locations. (From Wikipedia)
Lilies - Photo (c) Tom Hilton, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Lilies Info
The Liliaceae, or the lily family, are a family of monocotyledons in the order Liliales. Plants in this family have linear leaves, mostly with parallel veins but with several having net venation (e.g., Cardiocrinum, Clintonia, Medeola, Prosartes, Scoliopus, Tricyrtis), and flower arranged in threes. Several have bulbs, while others have rhizomes. Shade-dwelling genera usually have broad, net-veined leaves, fleshy fruits with animal-dispersed seeds, rhizomes, and small, inconspicuous flowers; genera native to sunny habitats usually have narrow,... (From Wikipedia)
Rushes - Photo (c) John Tann, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Rushes Info
Juncus is a genus of monocotyledonous flowering plants, commonly known as rushes. It is the largest genus in the family Juncaceae, containing around 300 species. (From Wikipedia)
currant - Photo (c) Joshua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
currant Info
Ribes /ˈraɪbiːz/ is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants native throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is usually treated as the only genus in the family Grossulariaceae. Seven subgenera are recognized. (From Wikipedia)
Downy Yellow Violet - Photo (c) Joshua Mayer, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Downy Yellow Violet Info
Viola pubescens, often called Downy yellow violet, is a plants species of the genus Viola. It is found in dry mixed and deciduous woodland areas of the United States and Canada; from Minnesota and Ontario to Nova Scotia, South to Virginia. It grows 6 to 10 inches tall and is a stemmed viola with stems that have leaves, it blooms from April through May. (From Wikipedia)
prairie trillium - Photo (c) Eric Hunt, all rights reserved C
prairie trillium Info
Trillium recurvatum, the Bloody butcher or Prairie trillium, is a member of the Melanthiaceae family. It occurs in parts of the central and eastern United States from Iowa south to Texas and east to North Carolina and Pennsylvania, usually mesic deciduous forest, including tallgrass prairie savannah. Trees which frequently shade this trillium include oak, maple, ash and hickory. (From Wikipedia)
Cutleaf Toothwort - Photo (c) Jason Sturner, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Cutleaf Toothwort Info
The Cutleaf Toothwort, Crow's Toes, Pepper Root, Purple-flowered Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata) is a flowering plant in Brassicaceae. It owes its name to the tooth-like appearance of its rhizome. It is a perennial plant woodland wildflower native to eastern North America. It is considered a spring ephemeral and blooms in March, April, and/or May. (From Wikipedia)
Dutchman's Breeches - Photo (c) Wayne Dumbleton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Dutchman's Breeches Info
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman's breeches) is a perennial herbaceous plant, native to rich woods of eastern North America, with a disjunct population in the Columbia River Basin. (From Wikipedia)
Virginia spring beauty - Photo (c) Lisa Brown, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Virginia spring beauty Info
Claytonia virginica (L.), the Eastern spring beauty, Virginia spring beauty, or fairy spud, is an herbaceous perennial in the family Portulacaceae. Its native range is Eastern North America. Its scientific name honors Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton (1694–1773). (From Wikipedia)
large-flower bellwort - Photo (c) JanetandPhil, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
large-flower bellwort Info
Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort or merrybells) is a species of flowering plant in the family Colchicaceae, native to eastern North America. (From Wikipedia)
small white fawnlily - Photo (c) Anita, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
small white fawnlily Info
Erythronium albidum (White Fawnlily or White Trout Lily) is a small herbaceous flowering plant in the Liliaceae, native to eastern North America, from southern Quebec and southern Manitoba south to Georgia and Texas. (From Wikipedia)