Category Archives: Native Plants

Native Arkansas Plant Photos and Descriptions

Know Your Natives – Alder

Alder (Alnus serrulata) of the Birch (Betulaceae) family is a deciduous shrub found in the U.S. from Texas to Kansas to Maine and thence east and south to the borders.  This shrub, the only species in the Alnus genus in … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – White avens

White avens (Geum canadense) of the Rose (Rosaceae) family occurs in the U.S. from Texas to Nebraska to Montana thence to the eastern and southern borders with the exception of Florida. In Arkansas, it is found throughout the state. Habitats … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Christmas Fern

Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) of the Wood Fern (Dryopteridaceae) family prefers shady areas of deciduous woodlands and embankments with well drained, moist sandy to rocky soils. Christmas fern is found throughout much of the eastern half of the U.S., westward … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Spicebush

Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) of the Laurel (Lauraceae) family occurs in the U.S. from Texas to Nebraska to Michigan thence east and south. In Arkansas, the species occurs statewide. The genus name recognizes 18th century Swedish botanist, Johann Linder. The specific … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Strawberry Bush

Strawberry bush (Euonymus americanus) of the Bittersweet (Celastraceae) family is also known as hearts-a-bursting-with-love, bursting-heart and brook euonymus.  It is found in the eastern U.S. from Texas to Illinois to New York and south to the borders, including throughout most … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Yellow wingstem

Yellow wingstem or yellow ironweed (Verbesina alternifolia) of the aster (Asteraceae ) family is found in the U.S. from Texas to Nebraska to Wisconsin and thence east and south.  In Arkansas, the species is found throughout much of the state, though … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Forked Blue-curls

Forked blue-curls (Trichostema dichotomum) of the Mint (Lamiaceae) Family is an herbaceous annual.  It occurs throughout much of the eastern U.S. from Texas to Iowa and Michigan, to Maine and thence eastward and southward.  In Arkansas, it is found throughout … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert – Downy Gentian

Most people think of brilliantly colored foliage and perhaps fresh shelled local pecans when they think of fall in Arkansas. There’s more going on! Our native wildflowers are also putting on a final show. One of the showiest in the … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) of the Bellflower (Campanulaceae) family is a showy herbaceous perennial.  In the U.S., it occurs from California, Nebraska and Minnesota, southward and eastward.  In Arkansas, it occurs statewide.  Cardinal flower is found in year-round moist to … Continue reading

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Field Trip Report – Poison Springs State Forest & Preserve

Meredith York, field trip leader, and Mike Weatherford, ANPS member, showed up at the E-Z Mart in Chidester, Arkansas, on September 19, 2015, for what some might call a lightly-attended event. We know that on this warm, sunny Saturday morning … Continue reading

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