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Welcome to a glimpse of some wildflowers (forbs) and grasses found in the restored prairie on the Cambridge Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, Minnesota. When you are walking in the Spirit River Nature Area stop by and see what is in bloom.


  Green Flowers
    Alum Root (Heuchera richardsonii)
  Orange Flowers
    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tubuerosa)
  Pink-Red Flowers
    Canada Tick Trefoil (Desmodium canadense)
    Ironweed (Veronia fasciculata)
    Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
    Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)
    Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)
    Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
    Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
  Violet-Blue Flowers
Azure Aster (Aster oolentangiensis)
    Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata)
    Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
    Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
    Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta)
    Leadplant (Amorpha canescens)
    New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae)
    Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemum purpureum)
    Square-stemmed Monkey-flower (Mimulus ringens)
  White Flowers
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
    Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum)
    Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
    New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
    Panicled Aster (Aster lanceolatus)
    Round-Headed Bushclover (Lespedeza capitata)
    Tall Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta)
    White Prairie Clover (Petalostemum candidum)
    Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  Yellow Flowers
    Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
    Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Evening Primrose (Oenthera biennis)
    Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
    Ox-eye (Heliopsis helianthoides)
    Goat's-Beard (Tragopogon dubius)
    Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)
    Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
    Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)
    Stiff Sunflower (Helianthus rigidus)
    Stiff Tickseed (Coreopsis palmata)


  Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis)
  Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
  Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
  Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  Prairie Cord Grass (Spartina pectinata)
  Side Oats Grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
  Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum)


WILDFLOWER - Butterfly Weed

Big Bluestem

GRASS - Big Bluestem




I included some of the edible and medicinal properties of the plants for your information, but I am not endorsing or encouraging the use of these plants. For some plants a particular part, or quantity,  may be helpful, while another part, or quantity, may be harmful or even fatal. Come and enjoy the beauty of this restored prairie.


Copyright 2005 Brad Wold, Anoka-Ramsey Community College - "The views included on this page are those of the publisher and do not necessarily reflect the views of the college." All photos used in this web site were taken by and are the property of Brad Wold.

Contact - Brad Wold, Biology Instructor, Phone: 763.433.1808 or  Email

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Cambridge MN 55008
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