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Other wildflower sites
Many wildflowers and grasses that grow in Minnesota are common in other parts of North America, too. Sites with photos and/or information that may be helpful are:
- University of Michigan Herbarium
- Illinois Wildflowers, and their excellent glossary of botanical terms
- Kansas Wildflowers
- Consortium of Midwest Herbaria
- Connecticut Botanical Society
- Saskatchewan Native Plants and Colin's Virtual Herbarium
- USDA Plants Database (not exactly up to date but I'm told they're working on it)
- Flora of North America at eFloras.org: no pictures except for a few botanical drawings, but packed with detailed descriptive information on many plants, if you can interpret the botanical terms
Other plant reference sites
- Dictionary of Common Names of Great Plains Plants: What one site calls Field Sagewort, another calls Tall Wormwood. This site can help clear the confusion on common names if you have a plant's scientific name. Regrettably, the University of Nebraska took this down, but the pages are still available on the Wayback Machine.
- Plants for a Future: information on edible plants and medicinal uses, among other things.
- The historic Junior F. Hayden Botanical Photograph Collection at the University of Minnesota archives.
Gardening and landscaping with native plants
- Recommended reading: Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy, on planting natives to sustain wildlife in your own yard.
- The DNR has extensive lists of native plant suppliers and landscapers in Minnesota and surrounding states.
- Restoring the Landscape With Native Plants is an excellent site about a home restoration project in suburban central Minnesota.
- Wild Ones promotes landscaping with native plants around homes and businesses and has 8 chapters in Minnesota.
- Blue Thumb helps landowners with shoreline plantings and rain gardens using native plants.
- The North American Native Plant Society web site includes information on gardening with natives as well as resources
- The American Society of Landscape Architects has a program to help build communities with native plants and wildlife habitat.