Dr. Green Thumb Identification

Tree, Plant, Flower & Insect Identification

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Wisconsin & Minnesota
 Natives & Non-Natives 
 

Alsike Clover
Trifolium hybridum
Fabaceae (Pea or bean family)
Perennial
Non-native - Originally from Europe
 
Beggar-ticks
Bidens frondosa
Asteraceae (Aster family)
Perennial
Native
 
 
Black Medick
Medicago lupulina
Fabaceae (Pea or bean family)
Annual
Non-native - Native of Eurasia
 
 
Bouncing Bet
Saponaria officinalis
Caryopyllaceae (Pink family)
Perennial
Non-native
 
Butterfly-weed (seed pots)
Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Perennial
Native
 
Gumweed
Grindelia squarrosa
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native


 Purslane
Portulaca oleracea
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Perennial 
Non Native
 
 
Sweet Everlasting
Gnaphalium obtusifolium
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
 
White Sweet Clover
Melilotus alba
Fabaceae (Pea or Bean Family)
Annual or Biennial
Non-Native - Introduced from Europe
 
 
Wild Onion
Allium stellatum
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Perennial
Native
 
 
Wild Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
Roseaceae (Rose Family)
Perennial
Native
 
Yellow Sweet Clover
Melalotus officinalis
Fabaceae Family (Pea or Bean Family)
Annual or Biennial
Non-Native - Introduced from Europe
 
Yellow Wood Sorrel
Oxalis stricta
Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel Family)
Annual
Native
 
Saint Johnswort
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericaceae (St. Johnswort Family)
Perennial
Non Native
Thistle
Cirsium spp.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial/Biennial
Native *leaves tend to be white & wooly beneath & flower heads are sticky
Non-Native *have very prickly stems and leaves
Turk's-Cap Lily
Lilium superbum
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Perennial
Native


Plants Commonly Found In Nature




Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Non-NativeOriginally from Euroasia
Poison Ivy
Toxicodendron radicans
Anacardiaceae
Perennial
Native
Common Raspberry
Rubus idaeus
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Perennial
Native
Goats Beard
Tragopogon dubius
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Biennial
Non-Native Originally from Northern Europe
Aster
Aster spp.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Large-Leaved Aster
Aster macrophyllus
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial or biennial
Native
Bluebead Lily
Clintonia borealis
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Perennial
Native
Bottle Gentian
Gentiana andrewsii
Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)
Perennial
Native
Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis
Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)
Perennial
Native
Butter and Eggs
Linaria vulgaris
Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragon Family)
Perennial
Non Native
Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Perennial
Native
Common Mullen
Verbascum thapsus
Scrophulariaceae (Snapdragon Family)
Biennial
Non Native

White Baneberry
Actaea pachypoda
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Perennial
Native
White Campion
Lychnis alba
Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
Annual
Non Native
Wild Calla
Calla palustris
Araceae (Arum Family)
Perennial
Native



Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
Biennial
Native

False-Lily of the Valley
Maianthemum canadense
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Perennial
Native

Goldenrod
Solidago spp.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (berries only)
Arisaema triphyllum
Araceae (Arum Family)
Perennial
Native

Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Lupine
Lupinus perennis
Fabaceae (Pea or Bean Family)
Perennial
Native

Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed Family)
Perennial
Native
New England Aster
Aster novae-angliae
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Orange Hawkweed
Hieracium aurantiacum
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Non Native
Ox-Eye-Daisy
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Non Native
Partridge Berry
Mitchella repens
Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Perennial
Native
Pink Lady Slipper
Cypripedium acaule
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Perennial
Native
Pussy Toes
Antennaria neglecta
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Round Lobed Hepatica
Hepatica americana
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Perennial
Native
Sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis
Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)
Perennial
Native

 
Sneezeweed
Helenium autumnale
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Perennial
Native
Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Impatiens capensis
Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-not Family)
Annual
Native
Wintergreen
Gaultheria procumbens
Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Perennial
Native