Montana Recommended

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QR Tag Name Characteristics

Abies grandis
Giant fir, Grand fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Abies lasiocarpa
Subalpine fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Acer glabrum
Rocky Mountain maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water:

Acer grandidentatum
Bigtooth maple, Big-toothed maple, Uvalde bigtooth maple, Southwestern bigtooth maple, Canyon maple, Sabinal maple, Western sugar maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub, Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Achillea millefolium
Common yarrow, Western yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Achnatherum hymenoides
Indian ricegrass, Indian Millet, Sandgrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Actaea rubra
Red baneberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Alnus incana ssp. tenuifolia
Thinleaf alder

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Amelanchier alnifolia
Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Anaphalis margaritacea
Western pearly everlasting, Pearly-everlasting

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Andropogon gerardii
Big bluestem, Tall bluestem, Turkeyfoot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Andropogon hallii
Sand bluestem

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water:

Anemone canadensis
Canadian anemone, Round-leaf thimbleweed, Canada anemone, Windflower, Meadow anemone

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia coerulea
Colorado blue columbine, Rocky Mountain columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia flavescens
Yellow mountain columbine, Yellow columbine, Golden columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia formosa
Western columbine, Crimson columbine, Scarlet columbine, Red columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Aquilegia jonesii
Jones' columbine, Blue limestone columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Kinnikinnick, Red bearberry, Kinnikinnik

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arnica cordifolia
Heart-leaf leopardbane, Heartleaf arnica

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Artemisia frigida
Prairie sagewort, Prairie sagebrush, Fringed sage, Pasture sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Artemisia tridentata
Big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Asclepias incarnata
Swamp milkweed, Pink Milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Atriplex canescens
Chamiso, Four-wing saltbush, Wing-scale

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Atriplex confertifolia
Shadscale, Spiny saltbush, Shadscale saltbush, Hop sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Balsamorhiza hookeri
Hooker's balsamroot, Hairy balsamroot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Balsamorhiza sagittata
Arrowleaf balsamroot, Arrow-leaf balsamroot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Betula occidentalis
Mountain birch, Water birch

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Betula papyrifera
Paper birch, Canoe birch, White birch

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Bouteloua curtipendula
Sideoats grama, Banderilla, Banderita, Navajita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Bouteloua dactyloides
Buffalograss, Buffalo grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Bouteloua gracilis
Blue grama

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Campanula rotundifolia
Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell of Scotland, Bluebell, Harebell, Witches' thimble

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Ceanothus velutinus
Snowbrush, Snowbrush ceanothus, Tobacco-brush, Mountain balm, Buckbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Cercocarpus ledifolius
Curl-leaf mountain mahogany, Curl-leaf mountain-mahogany

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Cercocarpus montanus
Alderleaf mountain mahogany, Silverleaf mountain mahogany, Mountain mahogany

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium
Fireweed, Narrow-leaf fireweed, Willow herb

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Clematis columbiana
Rock clematis

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Cleome lutea
Yellow spiderflower, Yellow spider-flower, Yellow beeplant, Yellow caper, Golden caper

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Coreopsis tinctoria
Plains coreopsis, Golden tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Cornus sericea
Red osier dogwood, Red osier, Red-twig dogwood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Crataegus douglasii
Black hawthorn

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Dalea purpurea
Purple prairie clover

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Delphinium bicolor
Flat-head larkspur, Little larkspur

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Delphinium nuttallianum
Twolobe larkspur, Two-lobe larkspur, Delphinium

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Eriogonum umbellatum
Sulphur-flower Buckwheat, Sulphur-flower Wild Buckwheat, Sulphur Buckwheat, Sulphur-flower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Eriophyllum lanatum
Common woolly sunflower, Oregon sunshine

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Festuca rubra
Red fescue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Green ash, Red ash, Swamp ash, River ash, Water ash, Darlington ash

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist, Dry

Gaillardia aristata
Common gaillardia, Great blanketflower, Blanketflower, Brown-eyed susan

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Iliamna rivularis
Streambank wild hollyhock, Wild hollyhock, Mountain globemallow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Ipomopsis aggregata
Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Standing-cypress, Skyrocket, Skunkflower

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Juniperus communis
Common juniper

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Juniperus horizontalis
Creeping juniper, Creeping savin

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Juniperus scopulorum
Rocky Mountain juniper, Rocky Mountain red cedar, Mountain red cedar, Colorado red cedar, Western red cedar, River juniper, Western juniper, Cedro rojo

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Kalmia microphylla
Alpine laurel

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Krascheninnikovia lanata
Winterfat

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Larix occidentalis
Western larch, Western tamarack

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Wet, Moist

Liatris punctata
Dotted Blazing Star, Dotted Gayfeather, Dotted Liatris

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Linum lewisii
Wild blue flax, Prairie flax, Lewis flax, Lewis's flax

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Lonicera involucrata
Twinberry honeysuckle, Black twinberry honeysuckle, Black twinberry, Bearberry honeysuckle, Four-line honeysuckle

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Machaeranthera tanacetifolia
Tahoka Daisy, Tansy-aster, Tansey-leaf Tansy-aster

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Mahonia repens
Creeping Barberry, Creeping Oregon-grape

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Mimulus lewisii
Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkeyflower, Lewis monkeyflower, Lewis's monkeyflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Mirabilis nyctaginea
Heartleaf four o'clock

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Monarda fistulosa
Wild bergamot, Beebalm

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Nemophila breviflora
Basin nemophila, Great Basin baby-blue-eyes, Great Basin nemophila

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Oenothera caespitosa
Tufted evening primrose, Gumbo evening primrose, Gumbo lily, Fragrant evening primrose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Panicum virgatum
Switchgrass, Wand panic grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Pascopyrum smithii
Western wheatgrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Phacelia sericea
Silky phacelia, Purple fringe

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Phlox longifolia
Long-leaf phlox, Longleaf phlox

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Phlox speciosa
Showy phlox

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Picea engelmannii
Engelmann's spruce, Engelmann spruce

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Pinus contorta
Lodgepole pine, Beach pine, Pino de san pedro martir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Pinus flexilis
Limber pine, Pino enano

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Pinus monticola
Western white pine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Pinus ponderosa
Ponderosa pine, Western yellow pine, Pino blanco

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Populus tremuloides
Quaking aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling aspen, Mountain aspen, Aspen, Trembling poplar, Alamo blanco

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist, Dry

Prunus americana
American plum, Wild plum

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Prunus virginiana
Chokecherry, Common chokecherry, Choke cherry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Pseudotsuga menziesii
Douglas fir, Blue Douglas fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Pulsatilla patens ssp. multifida
Cutleaf anemone, Pasqueflower, Wild crocus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Purshia tridentata
Antelope bitterbrush, Bitterbrush, Antelope brush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Ranunculus cardiophyllus
Heart-leaf buttercup, Heartleaf buttercup

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Ratibida columnifera
Mexican hat, Red-spike Mexican hat, Upright prairie coneflower, Prairie coneflower, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Rhus glabra
Smooth sumac

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Rhus trilobata
Fragrant sumac, Aromatic sumac, Scented sumac, Ill-scented sumac, Skunkbush sumac, Skunkbush, Basketbush, Squawbush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Rubus parviflorus
Western thimbleberry, Thimbleberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan, Common black-eyed Susan, Brown-eyed Susan

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Rudbeckia laciniata
Green-headed coneflower, Greenhead coneflower, Cutleaf coneflower, Wild goldenglow, Sochan

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Sambucus racemosa
Red elderberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Schizachyrium scoparium
Little bluestem, Popotillo azul

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Shepherdia argentea
Silver buffaloberry, Buffaloberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Sorbus scopulina
Greene's mountain ash, Cascade mountain-ash, Western mountain-ash

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Sorghastrum nutans
Indiangrass, Yellow indiangrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Sphaeralcea coccinea
Scarlet globemallow, Caliche globemallow

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Sphaeralcea munroana
Munro's globemallow, White-stem globe-mallow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Spiraea betulifolia
White spirea

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Thuja plicata
Western red cedar, Western arborvitae, Canoe cedar

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Vaccinium uliginosum
Alpine blueberry, Bog blueberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Verbena stricta
Hoary verbena, Hoary vervain, Tall vervain, Woolly verbena

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Viburnum edule
Squashberry, Moosewood viburnum, Few-flowered cranberry bush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Vitis riparia
Riverbank grape, River-bank grape

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Xerophyllum tenax
Common beargrass, Western turkeybeard, Bear lily, Pine lily, Elk grass, Squaw grass, Beargrass, Turkeybeard

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Yucca glauca
Soapweed yucca, Narrowleaf yucca, Plains yucca, Beargrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Light: Sun
Water: Dry