Plant of the Week

Thousands of wildflowers grow on our national forests and grasslands, in many shapes, sizes, and colors. A field of wildflowers or colorful plants upon a lush forest floor is a beautiful sight, but so is a single flower or scattered plants growing upon what at first glance may appear to be a dry and desolate landscape.

Each week Celebrating Wildflowers features a different wildflower found on our national forests and grasslands. Enjoy them here as well as throughout Celebrating Wildflowers.

The Plant of the Week descriptions are organized alphabetically by genus and species:

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Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
Common Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Indian Ricegrass, Achnatherum hymenoides.
Indian Ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides)

Sweet Flag (Acorus americanus)
Sweet Flag (Acorus americanus)

hreadleaf giant hyssop, Agastache rupestris
Threadleaf giant hyssop (Agastache rupestris)

Parry’s Agave (Agave parryi)
Parry’s Agave (Agave parryi)

Smallflower Century Plant (Agave parviflora).
Smallflower Century Plant (Agave parviflora)

Orange Mountain Dandelion (Agoseris aurantiaca).
Orange Mountain Dandelion (Agoseris aurantiaca)

Brandegee’s Onion (Allium brandegeei)
Brandegee’s Onion (Allium brandegeei)

Sugarstick.
Sugarstick (Allotropa virgata)

Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii).
Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Colorado Columbine, Aquilegia caerulea.
Colorado Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)

Red or Eastern Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis.
Red or Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

Southwestern prickly poppy, Argemone pleiacantha.
Southwestern prickly poppy (Argemone pleiacantha)

Jack-in-the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum.
Jack-in-The-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Northern Wormwood
Northern Wormwood (Artemisia campestris ssp. borealis)

White Sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana).
White Sagebrush (Artemisia ludoviciana)

Sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata
Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata)

Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus).
Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus)

Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense.
Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum.
Wild Ginger (Asarum caudatum)

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata.
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens).
Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens)

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

wheel milkweed, Asclepias uncialis.
Wheel Milkweed (Asclepias uncialis)

Redring Milkweed (Asclepias variegata).
Redring Milkweed (Asclepias variegata)

Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora).
Green Comet Milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora)

American Hart's Tongue Fern, Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum.
American Hart's Tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium var. americanum)

Alpine Milkvetch (Astragalus alpinus).
Alpine Milkvetch (Astragalus alpinus)

Scarlet Milkvetch
Scarlet Milkvetch (Astragalus coccineus)

Lady Fern, Athyrium filix-femina.
Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina)

Fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens).
Fourwing saltbush (Atriplex canescens)

Plant of the Week

Horned Dandelion (Taraxacum ceratophorum).
Horned Dandelion (Taraxacum ceratophorum)