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BWSR’s monthly Featured Plant includes information on native species identification, range, preferred habitat, uses and planting recommendations. Focusing on plants that are important for conservation projects, BWSR’s senior ecologist and vegetation specialist curates the feature with occasional contributions from other experts. Find the current Plant of the Month here. Browse the archive here.

2019

May 2019 — Smooth Solomon's seal

April 2019 — Virginia bluebells

March 2019 – Large-flowered bellwort

February 2019 – False sunflower

January 2019 –  White turtlehead

2018

December 2018 – Purple stemmed Angelica

November 2018 – Zigzag goldenrod

October 2018 – Cup plant

September 2018 – Native loosestrifes

August 2018 – Partridge pea

July 2018 – Hoary puccoon

June 2018 – Broadleaf arrowhead

May 2018 – Prairie Pholx

April 2018 – Spreading Jacob's Ladder

March 2018 – Bloodroot

February 2018 – Red Columbine

January 2018 – Prairie Milk Vetch

2017

December 2017 – Whorled Milkweed

November 2017 – Prairie Coreopsis

October 2017 – Smooth Blue Aster

September 2017 – Lance Selfheal

August 2017 – Field Thistle

July 2017 – Common Blue Violet

June 2017 – Virginia Waterleaf

May 2017 – Wild Mint

April 2017 – Bebb's Willow

March 2017 – Red-Osier Dogwood

February 2017 – Red Raspberry

January 2017 – American Highbush Cranberry

2016

December 2016 – Lowbush Blueberries

November 2016 – Red Maple

October 2016 – False Indigo

September 2016 – Nannyberry

August 2016 – Smooth Wild Rose

July 2016 – American Wild Plum

June 2016 – Black Cherry and Chokeberry

May 2016 – Black Chokeberry

April 2016 – Buttonbush

March 2016 – Meadowsweet

February 2016 – Leadplant

January 2016 – Common Ninebark

2015

December 2015 – American Elderberry

November 2015 – Canada Milk Vetch

October 2015 – Nodding Bur-Marigold

September 2015 – New England Aster

August 2015 – Giant Hyssop

July 2015 – Obedient Plant

June 2015 – Prairie Coneflower

May 2015 – Black Eyed Susan

April 2015 – Canada Anemone

March 2015 – Joe Pye Weed 

February 2015 – Grass-leaved Goldenrod

January 2015 – Showy Lady's Slipper

2014

December 2014 – Purple Prairie Clover

November 2014 – Bottle Gentian

October 2014 – Stiff Goldenrod

September 2014 – Maximillian Sunflower

August 2014 – Cow Parsnip

July 2014 – Prairie Smoke

June 2014 – Blue Lobelia

May 2014 – Large-Flowered Trillium

April 2014 – Dutchman's Breeches

March 2014 – Liatris

February 2014 – Virginia Mountain Mint

January 2014 – Wild Bergamot

2013

December 2013 – Frost Aster

November 2013 – Annual Sunflower

October 2013 – Showy Goldenrod

September 2013 – Marsh Hedge Nettle

August 2013 – Sneezeweed

July 2013 – Large-Flowered Penstemon

June 2013 – Minnesota's Milkweeds

May 2013 – American Basswood

April 2013 – Golden Alexanders

March 2013 – Minnesota's Thistles

February 2013 – Narrow Leaf Coneflower