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Native Plants

Iowa is home to a diversity of native grass, forb and sedge species. Some have become very rare due to habitat loss but many can still be seen in remnants along roadsides throughout Benton County.

There are many great resources available on prairie plant information and identification. The Benton County IRM program has summarized information from many of these sources and created native plant profiles for species that exist in our roadsides. These can be viewed below.

 –  Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

 –  Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)             

 –  Cleft Phlox (Phlox bifida)

 –  Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

 –  Kittentails (Wulfenia bullii)

 –  Lead Plant (Amorpha canescens)

 –  Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

 –  Nodding Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes cernua)

 –  Oval Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes ovalis)

 –  Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida)

 –  Porcupine Grass (Stipa spartea)

 –  Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris pycnostachya)

 –  Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

 –  Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

 –  Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera)

 –  Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

 –  White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba)

 –  Whorled Milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

 –  Wood Betony (Pedicularis canadensis)


Kittentails (Wulfenia bullii) - Photo by Ben Bonar

Benton County Roadside, April 2016