Plant List


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

Scientific NameCommon Name
Abronia fragransªHeart's-delight
Agropyron cristatumªCrested Wheatgrass
Agropyron elongatum Tall Wheatgrass
Agropyron smithii Western Wheatgrass
Allium canadense Wild Onion
Althaea Hollyhock
Ambrosia tomentosa Perennial Bursage
Ambrosia trifida Giant Ragweed
Andropogon gerardi Sand Bluestem
Apocynum cannabinum Indian Hemp Dogbane
Arenaria hookeri Sandwort
Argemone polyanthemos Prickly Poppy
Artemisia frigida Fringed Sage
Asclepias incarnate Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias pumila Low Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa Showy Milkweed
Asparagus officinalis Garden Asparagus-fern
Aster ericoides White Aster
Aster praealtus v.nebraska Willowleaf Aster
Aster simplex Panicled Aster
Aster tanacetifolius Tansyleaf Aster
Astragalus adsurgens Prairie Milk-vetch
Astragalus crassicarpus Ground Plum
Astragalus mollissimus Woolly Locoweed
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama
Bromus inermis Smooth Brome
Bromus tectorum Downy Brome
Calamovilfa longifolia Prairie sandreed
Calvatia cyathiformis Puff Ball
Calylophus serrulatus Tooth-Leaved Evening Primrose
Cardamine Bitter Cress
Carduus nutans Musk Thistle
Carex helnoshemsis Nebraska Sedge
Carex lanuginosa Wooly Sedge
Carex scoparia Broom Sedge
Carex stricta Strict Sedge
Carex vesicaria Inflated Sedge
Carex vulpinoidea Fox Sedge
Cenchrus incertus Field Sandbur
Chenpodium gigantospermum Maple Leaf Goosefoot
Chorispora tenella Blue Mustard
Chrysopsis villosa Golden Aster
Cirsium arvense Canada Thistle
Cirsium canescens Platte Thistle
Cirsium flodmanii Flodman's Thistle
Cirsium ochrocentrum Yellow Spine Thistle
Cirsium vulgare Bull Thistle
Cleome serrulata Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Conium maculatum Poison Hemlock
Convolvulus arvensis Field Bindweed
Conyza canadensis Horseweed
Coryphantha vivipara Pincushion cactus
Crepis rundinata Dandelion Hawksbeard
Croton texensis Texas Croton
Cryptantha thyrsiflora Miner's Candle
Dactylis glomerata Orchardgrass
Dalea candida White Prairie Clover
Dalea cylindriceps Massive Spike Prairie Clover
Dalea purpurea Purple Prairie Clover
Delphinium virescens Plains Larkspur
Descurainia pinnata Tansy Mustard
Descurainia sophia Flixweed
Dyssodia papposa Fetid Marigold
Echinocystis lobata Wild Cucumber
Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian olive
Eleocharis erythropoda Red-Stemmed Spike Sedge
Elymus canadenis Canada Wildrye
Equisetum hyemale Scouring Rush
Eragrostis trichodes Sand Lovegrass
Erigeron pumilus Low Fleabane
Eriogonum annuum Umbrella Plant
Erysimum asperum Western Wall Flower
Euphorbia dentata Wild Poinsettia
Euthamia graminifolia Grassleaf Goldenrod
Franseria discolor Skeleton-leaf Bursage
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
Gaura coccinea Scarlet Gaura
Gaura parviflora Velvety Gaura
Gleditsia triacanthos Honey Locust
Glycyrrhiza lepidota Wild Licorice
Grindelia squarrosa Curly-top Gumweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae Broom Snakeweed
Haplopappus spinulosus Cutleaf Goldenweed
Helianthus annuus Common Sunflower
Helianthus petiolaris Plains Sunflower
Hesperis matronalis Dames Rocket
Hordeum jubatum Foxtail Barley
Ipomoea leptophylla Bush morning-glory
Iva axillaris Marsh Elder
Juncus balticus Baltic Rush
Juncus torreyi Torrey's Rush
Koeleria pyramidata Prairie Junegrass
Kuhnia eupatorioides False Boneset
Lactuca pulchella Blue Lettuce
Lactuca serriola Prickly Lettuce
Lathyrus polymorphus Hoary Vetchling
Lepidium virginicum Virginia Pepperweed
Lesqterella ludoviciana Silvery Bladderpod
Liatris punctata Dotted Gayfeather
Linum suloatum Grooved Flax
Lippia cuneifolia Wedgeleaf Fog-fruit
Lithospermum Puccoon
Lithospermum carolinense Hairy Puccoon
Lupinus argenteus Silvery Lupine
Lycopus americanus Water Horehound
Lycopus uniflorus Northern Bugleweed
Lygodesmia juncea Skeletonweed
Medicago sativa Alfalfa (cultivated)
Melilotus officinalis Yellow Sweet Clover
Mentha arvensis Wild Mint
Mentzelia decapetala Ten-petaled
Mentzelia Mirabilis hirsuta Hairy Four-o'clock
Mirabilis linearis Narrowleaf Four-o'clock
Mirabilis nyctaginea Wild Four-o'clock
Monarda pectinate Plains Beebalm
Muhlenbergia asperifolia Alkali Muhly
Myriophyllum verticillatu Whorled Water-milfoil
Nepeta cataria Catnip
Oenothera biennis Common Evening Primrose
Oenothera coronapifolia Combleaf Evening Primrose
Oenothera nuttallii White-Stemmed Evening Primrose
Oenothera speciosa Showy Evening Primrose
Onopordum acanthium Scotch Thistle
Opuntia Prickly Pear Cactus
Oryzopsis hymenoides Indian Ricegrass
Oxytropis lambertii Lambert Crazyweed
Panicum capillare Witchgrass
Panicum virgatum Switchgrass
Penstemon albidus White Penstemon
Penstemon angustifolius Narrowleaf Penstemon
Penstemon canescens Gray Beardstongue
Physalis subglabrata Smooth Ground Cherry
Plantago major Broadleaf Plantain
Plantago purshii Woolly Plaintain
Poa compressa Canada Blue Grass
Polanisia trachysperma Roughseed Clammyweed
Polygonum Smartweed
Polygonum ramosissimum Tall Knotweed
Populas deltoides Eastern Cottonwood
Potentilla argentea Silvery Cinquefoil
Psoralea argophylla Silver-leaf Scurf Pea
Psoralea tenuiflora Wild Alfalfa
Ranunculus Buttercup
Ratibida columnifera Prairie Coneflower
Ratibida pinnata Grayhead Prairie Coneflower
Rorippa sinuata Yellow Cress
Rosa woodsii Western Wild Rose
Rumex crispus Curly Dock
Rumex venosus Wild Begonia
Russula variata Mushroom
Salidago missouriensis Prairie Goldenrod
Salix amygdaloides Peach-leaf Willow
Saponaria officinalis Bouncing Bet
Schizachyrium scoparium Little Bluestem
Scirpus pungens Three-square Bulrush
Scutellaria galericulata Marsh Skullcap
Senecio plattensis Prairie Ragwort
Sisymbrium altissimum Tumble Mustard
Sisyrinchium montanum Blue-eyed Grass
Smilacina stellata False Solomon's Seal
Solanum americanum Common Nightshade
Solanum dulcomara Bittersweet Nightshade
Solanum rostratum Buffalo Bur
Solidago canadensis Canada Goldenrod
Sonchus asper Spiny Sow Thistle
Sorghastrum nutans Indiangrass
Spartina pectinate Prairie Cordgrass
Sphaeralcea coccinea Red False Mallow
Stipa comata Needle and Thread
Tamarix ramosissima Saltcedar
Teucrium canadense American Germander
Thlaspi arvense Field Pennycress
Tradescantia occidentalis Prairie Spiderwort
Tragopogon dubius Western Salsify
Tribulus terrestris Puncturevine
Typha angustifolia Narrow-leaf Cattail
Typha latifolia Broadleaf Cattail
Verbascum thapsus Common Mullein
Verbena bracteata Prostrate Vervain
Verbena hastata Blue Vervain
Verbena stricta Hoary Vervain
Xanthium strumarium Common Cocklebur