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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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Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata). Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata)

Giant Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis) Giant Arrowhead (Sagittaria montevidensis)

American Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis). American Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)

Snow Plant Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

Yellow Pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava). Yellow Pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava)

Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea) Purple Pitcherplant (Sarracenia purpurea)

White mountain-saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata). White mountain-saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata)

Mimbres figwort, Scrophularia macrantha. Mimbres figwort (Scrophularia macrantha)

Cockerell’s Stonecrop (Sedum cockerellii) Cockerell’s Stonecrop (Sedum cockerellii)

Widow’s Cross (Sedum pulchellum). Widow’s Cross (Sedum pulchellum)

Creeping Sibbaldia (Sibbaldia procumbens). Creeping Sibbaldia (Sibbaldia procumbens)

Moss Campion (Silene acaulis) Moss Campion (Silene acaulis)

Wherry's Catchfly (Silene caroliniana var. wherryi) Wherry's Catchfly (Silene caroliniana var. wherryi)

Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata) Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata)

fire pink, Silene virginica. Fire Pink (Silene virginica)

Cut-leaf Prairie-Dock (Silphium pinnatifidum). Cut-leaf Prairie-Dock (Silphium pinnatifidum)

Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum). Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum). Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum)

Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalius). Hairy Leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalius)

Alpine False Candytuft (Smelowskia calycina var. americana). Alpine False Candytuft (Smelowskia calycina var. americana)

Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima). Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Ouachita Goldenrod (Solidago ouachitensis) Ouachita Goldenrod (Solidago ouachitensis)

Indian pink, Spigelia marilandica. Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

Ute Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes diluvialis). Ute Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes diluvialis)

Silky Camellia (Stewartia malacodendron). Silky Camellia (Stewartia malacodendron)

Twisted Stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius). Twisted Stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius)

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae). New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

Skunk Cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus. Eastern Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Mountain Kittentails (Synthyris missurica) Mountain Kittentails (Synthyris missurica)