Category Archives: Native Plants

Native Arkansas Plant Photos and Descriptions

Know Your Natives – Beautyberry

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, formerly of the Vervain (Verbenaceae) family, is a large deciduous shrub that occurs throughout the Southeastern U.S. from Texas and Oklahoma to southern Missouri and southwestern Kentucky, to Maryland, thence south and east to the coasts.  … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Woodland Sunflower – Helianthus divaricatus

Helianthus divaricatus, another species known by the common name woodland sunflower, of the Aster (Asteraceae) family, is a deciduous, rhizomatous perennial that occurs in the U.S. from Louisiana to Oklahoma to Wisconsin thence east and south to the borders.  In Arkansas, … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Woodland Sunflower – Helianthus strumosus

Helianthus strumosus, known by the common name pale-leaf woodland sunflower or just woodland sunflower (a general name also used for several other native species of sunflowers), of the Aster (Asteraceae) family, is a deciduous rhizomatous perennial which occurs throughout the … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Cut-Leaf Coneflower

Cut-leaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata var. lanciniata) of the Aster (Asteraceae) family occurs across the eastern U.S. to North Dakota and New Mexico.  In Arkansas, it occurs primarily in the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains.  The genus name established by Carl Linnaeus (developed … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Brown-Eyed Susan

Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba var. triloba) of the Aster (Asteraceae) family occurs naturally in the U.S. from Texas to Nebraska and Minnesota, then east and south to the borders, as well as apparently introduced in Colorado and Utah.  In Arkansas, … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum*) of the Aster (Asteraceae) family occurs in the U.S. from Louisiana and Oklahoma, north to South Dakota and Minnesota, thence east and south to the borders.  In Arkansas, this species occurs in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – American Germander

American germander (Teucrium canadense var. canadense) of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family occurs across the eastern half of the U.S.  In Arkansas, it is found statewide.  Also known as wood sage and Canada germander, this is the only species of the … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Net-leaf Leather-flower

Net-leaf leather-flower (Clematis reticulata*) of the Buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family is a perennial herbaceous vine found in portions of the Southeastern U.S from eastern Texas and Oklahoma to South Carolina and Florida.  In Arkansas, the species is recorded from north-central and southwestern parts … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Carolina Rose

Carolina rose (Rosa carolina) of the Rose (Rosaceae) family occurs in the U.S. from Texas to Nebraska to Minnesota thence east and south to the borders.  In Arkansas it occurs throughout the state.  The genus name is Latin for “rose.” … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Red-Ring Milkweed

Red-ring milkweed (Asclepias variegata) of the Dogbane (Apocynaceae) family, formerly of the Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) family, occurs in the U.S. from eastern Texas and Oklahoma to Illinois and east and south to the borders.  It occurs throughout much of Arkansas except … Continue reading

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