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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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Marchantia (Marchantia polymorpha). Marchantia (Marchantia polymorpha)

Baldwyn's Milkvine. Baldwyn's Milkvine (Matelea baldwyniana)

Stream bogmoss, Mayaca fluviatilis. Stream bogmoss (Mayaca fluviatilis)

Plains Blackfoot (Melampodium leucanthum). Plains Blackfoot (Melampodium leucanthum)

Smoothstem blazingstar (Mentzelia laevicaulis). Smoothstem blazingstar (Mentzelia laevicaulis)

Short-styled Bluebell (Mertensia brevistyla) Short-styled Bluebell (Mertensia brevistyla)

Lewis’s Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii) Lewis’s Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)

Twinflower Sandwort (Minuartia obtusiloba) Twinflower Sandwort (Minuartia obtusiloba)

Macfarlane's four-o-clock. Macfarlane's four-o-clock (Mirabilis macfarlanei)

Colorado Four O'clock (Mirabilis multiflora). Colorado Four O'clock (Mirabilis multiflora)

Partridge Berry flower, Mitchella repens. Partridge Berry (Mitchella repens)

scarlet beebalm Scarlet Beebalm (Monarda didyma)

Wood Nymph (Moneses uniflora). Wood Nymph (Moneses uniflora)

Ghost Pipe, Monotropa uniflora. Ghost Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)

Alpine Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis asiatica). Alpine Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis asiatica)