Scientific name
Medicago sativa
Also Known As
Lucerne, Purple medick
Alfalfa is a clover-like plant with leaves in threes that are distinct because the leaflets have teeth only on the upper head of the leaflets. Alfalfa also has dense heads of purple flowers.

Scientific name
Pulsatilla patens
Also Known As
Eastern pasqueflower, Anemone patens, Prairie crocus, Windflower, Cutleaf anemone
A distinctive feature of this western grassland native is the feathery, silky fruiting head. The leaves, flowers, and stalks are all covered with silver white hairs. In moist areas in mountains, you can also see the western pasqueflower which is larger, has white flowers, and more finely divided leaves.

Scientific name
Helianthus annuus
This sunflower species has rough, hairy stems, triangular-shaped leaves, and flower heads up to 6 inches wide. It can be between 2 and 10 feet tall.

Scientific name
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Also Known As
Aromatic American aster, Fall aster, Wild blue aster, Shale barren aster
Aromatic aster is a native perennial wildflower that grows from 1–3 feet tall. The aster’s rigid stems branch out from the base.  The name derives from the balsam-like scent when stems are crushed or broken.

Scientific name
Sagittaria latifolia
Also Known As
Wapato, Duck Potato, Waabiziipin (Ojibwe)
Known as waabiziipin by the Ojibwe. Grows in creeks, rivers, ditches, lakes and other places where there is shallow water.

Scientific name
Yucca baccata
Also Known As
Datil yucca
A large, bush-like plant with long, sturdy leaves, 11 to 40 in Flowers bloom along the central stalk, creamy white in color. Fruits are fleshy, cylindrical and brownish-green with rough black seeds.

Scientific name
Perilla frutescens
Also Known As
Chinese basil, Perilla mint, Wild basil
Beefsteak plant is in the mint family and is native to Asia. It was most likely brought to the U.S. as a garden plant, but has turned into an invasive species. It blooms in the fall and has leaves that can vary from green to a deep reddish-purple.

Scientific name
Lupinus polyphyllus
Also Known As
Wyeth's lupine
Big-leaf lupine is a perennial forb with purple to blue flowers, distinguished from the other 200 lupine species in North America by hairless or sparsely hairy banner and keel.

Scientific name
Lewisia rediviva
Bitter root is often found in open rocky habitats. The leaves generally lay flat around the central root of the plant and the pink flowers, low to the ground, have more than 2 petal-like sepals.