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Alberta beardtongue (Penstemon albertinus)

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Description:

a glandular-hairy herb with clustered stems arising from woody root crowns. The stems are typically are 20 cm tall but may grow up to 40 cm. Bright blue flowers grow at the tips of the stems.

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River beauty (Chamerion latifolium)

Family: Onagraceae

Description:

Epilobium latifolium is a perennial low lying forb. It has lance-shaped to elliptical leaves that are pale green to a bluish hue. It produces large showy magenta to purple flowers from June to August along montane water banks and beds and can also be found in alpine areas. From long seed pods it releases cottony seeds in the fall.

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American pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens)

Family: Ranunculaceae

Description:

The Pasqueflower is a perennial forb/herb that is generally found on open, well-drained slopes and dry prairies, hence its alternate name, the Prairie Crocus. Its flowers bloom from March to April (Peterson & McKenny, 1968) as one of the first flowers of the spring. The flowers are solitary, with 5-7 blue-purple to white-colored sepals, resembling the petals of most flowers (Peterson & McKenny, 1968; montana.plant-life.org, 2005; Flora of N.A. Editorial Committee, 1993+). Occurring after flowers bloom, the leaves are numerous, mostly basal and occur in 3's, divided 1-3 times and are deeply lobed; on the stem they are whorled (montana.plant-life.org). The stems, leaves and sepals are villous, covered in a silky hair that gives the plant a silvery appearance. The achnes fruit appears in fall and is a 3mm-long bunch of plumose styles (Britton).

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Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)

Family: Asteraceae

Description:

Plant grows in a large (up to 50 cm (20 in) tall), showy bunch, stemming from a very substantial, woody, branched taproot (3,5,6). Large, heart-shaped leaves form the base of the plant, with few to many sunflower-like flowerheads (2-4?across), which usually grow one per stem (3).

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Showy fleabane (Erigeron speciosus)

Family: Asteraceae

Description:

Few to numerous leafy stems that are 6 to 30 in. (15-76 cm) tall grow from a woody root crown that is branching. Each lilac-colored flower head is approximately 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide and 1 to 12 heads can grow on one stem.

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Ballhead waterleaf (Hydrophyllum capitatum)

Family: Hydrophyllaceae

Description:

Plant grows 4 to 16 in. (10-40 cm) tall with broad leaves and small globular white to lavender flowers.

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Bastard toadflax (Comandra umbellata)

Family: Santalaceae

Description:

Clustered stems 2-12 in. (5-30 cm tall) with clustered white-purple flowers. Can be parasitic on the roots of other plants.

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Bigleaf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus)

Family: Fabaceae

Description:

Erect and spreading hairy herbaceous perennial, generally more than 30cm tall

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White biscuitroot (Lomatium macrocarpum)

Family: Apiaceae

Description:

this herbaceous stem can be 10-50 cm tall rising from taproots with leaves around the base and clusters of tiny, white, flowers at the top.

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