Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region

Plant List

The following list of plants found on the Refuge was compiled in 1993. The list of 179 plants, while useful, is not intended to be comprehensive.

Scientific NameCommon Name
Abronia fragransHeart's-delight
Agropyron cristatumCrested Wheatgrass
Agropyron elongatumTall Wheatgrass
Agropyron smithiiWestern Wheatgrass
Allium canadenseWild Onion
AlthaeaHollyhock
Ambrosia tomentosaPerennial Bursage
Ambrosia trifidaGiant Ragweed
Andropogon gerardiSand Bluestem
Apocynum cannabinumIndian Hemp Dogbane
Arenaria hookeriSandwort
Argemone polyanthemosPrickly Poppy
Artemisia frigidaFringed Sage
Asclepias incarnateSwamp Milkweed
Asclepias pumilaLow Milkweed
Asclepias speciosaShowy Milkweed
Asparagus officinalisGarden Asparagus-fern
Aster ericoidesWhite Aster
Aster praealtus v.nebraskaWillowleaf Aster
Aster simplexPanicled Aster
Aster tanacetifoliusTansyleaf Aster
Astragalus adsurgensPrairie Milk-vetch
Astragalus crassicarpusGround Plum
Astragalus mollissimusWoolly Locoweed
Bouteloua gracilisBlue Grama
Bromus inermisSmooth Brome
Bromus tectorumDowny Brome
Calamovilfa longifoliaPrairie sandreed
Calvatia cyathiformis Puff Ball
Calylophus serrulatusTooth-Leaved Evening Primrose
CardamineBitter Cress
Carduus nutansMusk Thistle
Carex helnoshemsisNebraska Sedge
Carex lanuginosaWooly Sedge
Carex scopariaBroom Sedge
Carex strictaStrict Sedge
Carex vesicariaInflated Sedge
Carex vulpinoideaFox Sedge
Cenchrus incertusField Sandbur
Chenpodium gigantospermumMaple Leaf Goosefoot
Chorispora tenellaBlue Mustard
Chrysopsis villosaGolden Aster
Cirsium arvenseCanada Thistle
Cirsium canescensPlatte Thistle
Cirsium flodmaniiFlodman's Thistle
Cirsium ochrocentrumYellow Spine Thistle
Cirsium vulgareBull Thistle
Cleome serrulataRocky Mountain Bee Plant
Conium maculatumPoison Hemlock
Convolvulus arvensisField Bindweed
Conyza canadensisHorseweed
Coryphantha viviparaPincushion cactus
Crepis rundinataDandelion Hawksbeard
Croton texensisTexas Croton
Cryptantha thyrsifloraMiner's Candle
Dactylis glomerataOrchardgrass
Dalea candida White Prairie Clover
Dalea cylindricepsMassive Spike Prairie Clover
Dalea purpureaPurple Prairie Clover
Delphinium virescensPlains Larkspur
Descurainia pinnataTansy Mustard
Descurainia sophiaFlixweed
Dyssodia papposaFetid Marigold
Echinocystis lobataWild Cucumber
Elaeagnus angustifoliaRussian olive
Eleocharis erythropodaRed-Stemmed Spike Sedge
Elymus canadenisCanada Wildrye
Equisetum hyemaleScouring Rush
Eragrostis trichodesSand Lovegrass
Erigeron pumilusLow Fleabane
Eriogonum annuumUmbrella Plant
Erysimum asperumWestern Wall Flower
Euphorbia dentataWild Poinsettia
Euthamia graminifoliaGrassleaf Goldenrod
Franseria discolorSkeleton-leaf Bursage
Fraxinus pennsylvanicaGreen Ash
Gaura coccineaScarlet Gaura
Gaura parvifloraVelvety Gaura
Gleditsia triacanthosHoney Locust
Glycyrrhiza lepidotaWild Licorice
Grindelia squarrosaCurly-top Gumweed
Gutierrezia sarothraeBroom Snakeweed
Haplopappus spinulosusCutleaf Goldenweed
Helianthus annuusCommon Sunflower
Helianthus petiolarisPlains Sunflower
Hesperis matronalisDames Rocket
Hordeum jubatumFoxtail Barley
Ipomoea leptophyllaBush morning-glory
Iva axillarisMarsh Elder
Juncus balticusBaltic Rush
Juncus torreyiTorrey's Rush
Koeleria pyramidataPrairie Junegrass
Kuhnia eupatorioidesFalse Boneset
Lactuca pulchellaBlue Lettuce
Lactuca serriolaPrickly Lettuce
Lathyrus polymorphusHoary Vetchling
Lepidium virginicumVirginia Pepperweed
Lesqterella ludovicianaSilvery Bladderpod
Liatris punctataDotted Gayfeather
Linum suloatumGrooved Flax
Lippia cuneifoliaWedgeleaf Fog-fruit
LithospermumPuccoon
Lithospermum carolinenseHairy Puccoon
Lupinus argenteusSilvery Lupine
Lycopus americanusWater Horehound
Lycopus uniflorusNorthern Bugleweed
Lygodesmia junceaSkeletonweed
Medicago sativaAlfalfa (cultivated)
Melilotus officinalisYellow Sweet Clover
Mentha arvensisWild Mint
Mentzelia decapetalaTen-petaled
Mentzelia Mirabilis hirsutaHairy Four-o'clock
Mirabilis linearisNarrowleaf Four-o'clock
Mirabilis nyctagineaWild Four-o'clock
Monarda pectinatePlains Beebalm
Muhlenbergia asperifoliaAlkali Muhly
Myriophyllum verticillatuWhorled Water-milfoil
Nepeta catariaCatnip
Oenothera biennisCommon Evening Primrose
Oenothera coronapifoliaCombleaf Evening Primrose
Oenothera nuttalliiWhite-Stemmed Evening Primrose
Oenothera speciosaShowy Evening Primrose
Onopordum acanthiumScotch Thistle
OpuntiaPrickly Pear Cactus
Oryzopsis hymenoidesIndian Ricegrass
Oxytropis lambertiiLambert Crazyweed
Panicum capillareWitchgrass
Panicum virgatumSwitchgrass
Penstemon albidusWhite Penstemon
Penstemon angustifoliusNarrowleaf Penstemon
Penstemon canescensGray Beardstongue
Physalis subglabrataSmooth Ground Cherry
Plantago majorBroadleaf Plantain
Plantago purshiiWoolly Plaintain
Poa compressaCanada Blue Grass
Polanisia trachyspermaRoughseed Clammyweed
PolygonumSmartweed
Polygonum ramosissimumTall Knotweed
Populas deltoidesEastern Cottonwood
Potentilla argenteaSilvery Cinquefoil
Psoralea argophyllaSilver-leaf Scurf Pea
Psoralea tenuifloraWild Alfalfa
RanunculusButtercup
Ratibida columniferaPrairie Coneflower
Ratibida pinnataGrayhead Prairie Coneflower
Rorippa sinuataYellow Cress
Rosa woodsiiWestern Wild Rose
Rumex crispusCurly Dock
Rumex venosusWild Begonia
Russula variataMushroom
Salidago missouriensisPrairie Goldenrod
Salix amygdaloidesPeach-leaf Willow
Saponaria officinalis Bouncing Bet
Schizachyrium scopariumLittle Bluestem
Scirpus pungensThree-square Bulrush
Scutellaria galericulataMarsh Skullcap
Senecio plattensisPrairie Ragwort
Sisymbrium altissimumTumble Mustard
Sisyrinchium montanumBlue-eyed Grass
Smilacina stellataFalse Solomon's Seal
Solanum americanumCommon Nightshade
Solanum dulcomaraBittersweet Nightshade
Solanum rostratumBuffalo Bur
Solidago canadensisCanada Goldenrod
Sonchus asper Spiny Sow Thistle
Sorghastrum nutansIndiangrass
Spartina pectinatePrairie Cordgrass
Sphaeralcea coccineaRed False Mallow
Stipa comataNeedle and Thread
Tamarix ramosissimaSaltcedar
Teucrium canadenseAmerican Germander
Thlaspi arvenseField Pennycress
Tradescantia occidentalisPrairie Spiderwort
Tragopogon dubiusWestern Salsify
Tribulus terrestrisPuncturevine
Typha angustifoliaNarrow-leaf Cattail
Typha latifoliaBroadleaf Cattail
Verbascum thapsusCommon Mullein
Verbena bracteataProstrate Vervain
Verbena hastataBlue Vervain
Verbena strictaHoary Vervain
Xanthium strumariumCommon Cocklebur
Last updated: March 21, 2011