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  Prairie Folklore

by Wayne Pauly from Dane County Parks ACTION Adult Conservation Team Newsletter

  Prairie Folk Lore Common Name
Amelanchier species serviceberry
Anemone patens L. var. multifida Pritz. American pasqueflower, prairie-smoke
Angelica atropurpurea L. common great angelica, great angelica, purple-stem angelica
Apocynum androsaemifolium L. spreading dogbane
Apocynum cannabinum L. hemp-dogbane, Indian hemp
Aquilegia canadensis L. Canadian columbine, red columbine, wild columbine
Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott subsp. triphyllum Indian turnip, Jack-in-the-pulpit
Aster lanceolatus Willd. eastern lined aster, panicled aster, white panicle aster
Carya ovata (Mill.) K.Koch var. ovata shagbark hickory, shellbark hickory
Ceanothus americanus L. New Jersey tea, red-root
Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng. field thistle, pasture thistle, prairie thistle
Cuscuta gronovii Willd. ex Roem. & Schult. var. gronovii common dodder, love dodder, scald-weed, swamp dodder
Echinocystis lobata (Michx.) Torr. & A.Gray balsam-apple, wild-cucumber
Equisetum arvense L. common horsetail, field horsetail
Equisetum hyemale L. subsp. affine (Engelm.) Calder & Roy L.Taylor common scouring rush, pipes, scouring rush horsetail
Eupatorium perfoliatum L. var. perfoliatum boneset, common boneset, thoroughwort
Helianthemum canadense (L.) Michx. common rock-rose, long-branch frostweed
Heracleum lanatum Michx. American cow-parsnip
Impatiens capensis Meerb.

Impatiens pallida Nutt.

orange jewelweed, orange touch-me-not, spotted touch-me-not

pale touch-me-not, yellow jewelweed, yellow touch-me-not

Larix laricina (Du Roi) K.Koch larch, tamarack
Monarda fistulosa L. subsp. fistulosa bee balm, wild bergamot
Podophyllum peltatum L. May-apple, wild mandrake
Populus tremuloides Michx. aspen, quaking aspen
Quercus species oak
Rubus species blackberry, raspberry
Sanguinaria canadensis L. bloodroot
Viola species door-yard violet, common blue violet, hairy wood violet

 

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