Hillside Prairie Plant List

Graminoids

  • big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • side-oats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula)
  • Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
  • poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
  • porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)
  • wood-rushes (Luzula acuminata and L. multiflora)
  • little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Forbs

  • thimbleweed (Anemone cylindrica)
  • wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
  • milkweeds (Asclepias amplexicaulis, A. verticillata, and others)
  • kitten-tails (Besseya bullii)
  • harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
  • spring-beauty (Claytonia virginica)
  • bastard-toadflax (Comandra umbellata)
  • common whitlow-grass (Draba reptans)
  • robin’s-plantain (Erigeron pulchellus)
  • flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)
  • American columbo (Frasera caroliniensis)
  • northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)
  • pale avens (Geum virginianum)
  • round-leaved hepatica (Hepatica americana)
  • alum roots (Heuchera richardsonii and H. americana)
  • cylindrical blazing-star (Liatris cylindracea)
  • northern blazing-star (Liatris scariosa)
  • hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)
  • false spikenard (Maianthemum racemosum)
  • prairie ragwort (Packera paupercula)
  • hairy beard-tongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
  • Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)
  • early buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)
  • old-field goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)
  • elm-leaved goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia)
  • asters (Symphyotrichum laeve, S. urophyllum, and S. sericeum)
  • yellow-pimpernel (Taenidia integerrima)
  • early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
  • rue-anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
  • birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)
  • prairie golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Woody Vines

  • summer grape (Vitis aestivalis)

Shrubs

  • New Jersey tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  • dogwoods (Cornus spp.)
  • American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
  • witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • winged sumac (Rhus copallina)
  • staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

Trees

  • juneberry (Amelanchier arborea)
  • pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
  • flowering dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • red-cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
  • ironwood (Ostrya virginiana)
  • white pine (Pinus strobus)
  • quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • white oak (Quercus alba)
  • black oak (Quercus velutina)
  • sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

Citation

Cohen, J.G., M.A. Kost, B.S. Slaughter, D.A. Albert, J.M. Lincoln, A.P. Kortenhoven, C.M. Wilton, H.D. Enander, and K.M. Korroch. 2020. Michigan Natural Community Classification [web application]. Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension, Lansing, Michigan. Available https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/communities/classification. (Accessed: October 20, 2020).