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Plants of Minnesota

Plants of Minnesota – http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/plants/index.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What does luminous moss look like?
  • What are some kinds of orange wildflowers?
  • How do I measure a tree?


This is a guide to native plants in Minnesota and is divided into the following sections:

  • Aquatic plants
  • Ferns, lichens, mosses
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Wildflowers
  • Gardens & landscaping
  • Rare plants

This resource has particularly detailed resources on moss and lichens through the “Moss Atlas” feature. According to the Atlas, it lists the presence or absence of 358 species and varieties of mosses within the 87 counties of Minnesota.


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