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U.S. Forest Service

Plant of the Week

Enjoy Your Wildflowers

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.

Celebrating Wildflowers periodically features a different wildflower plant found on our national forests and grasslands.

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

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Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus coccineus). Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus coccineus)

Kingcup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus). Kingcup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)

Common Spikerush (Eleocharis palustris). Common Spikerush (Eleocharis palustris)

Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense). Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Winward’s goldenweed (Ericameria discoidea var. winwardii) in flower, ridge south of South Fork Twin Creek, Lincoln County, Wyoming, 23 August 2011. Photo by Walter Fertig. Winward’s Goldenweed (Ericameria discoidea var. winwardii)

Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) Rubber Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa)

Woolly fleabane (Erigeron lanatus) Woolly fleabane (Erigeron lanatus)

Featherleaf Fleabane Featherleaf Fleabane (Erigeron pinnatisectus)

Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon sp.) Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon sp.)

Crisp-leaf wild buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum). Crisp-leaf wild buckwheat (Eriogonum corymbosum)

Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum). Desert Trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum)

Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides). Parsnipflower Buckwheat (Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides)

Lobb's Buckwheat (Eriogonum lobbii). Lobb's Buckwheat (Eriogonum lobbii)

Tufted Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium) Tufted Wild Buckwheat (Eriogonum ovalifolium)

Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum). Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)

Elegant Fawnlily. Elegant Fawnlily (Erythronium elegans)

Yellow Avalanche-lily (Erythronium grandiflorum) Yellow Avalanche-lily (Erythronium grandiflorum)

California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Spinystar, Escobaria vivipara var. rosea. Spinystar (Escobaria vivipara)

Flowering Spurge Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)