Field Guide – Plants

Watershed Field Guide: Plants

The list below highlights commonly found herbaceous plants within the Doan Brook watershed, from data sources 1979-1997. For compiled historic data on trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants of the watershed, see the Doan Brook Handbook, Appendix G.

Plant Location Key:
p = plateau    r = stream ravines    s = swampy areas on plateau
e = escarpment edge    l = lake plain    * = non-native


COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME LOCATION
  Aster Aster sp. re   p
  Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis p
  Cattail Typha sp. s  p  *
  Cinquefoil, old field Potentilla simplex p
  Cuckoo flower Cardamine pratensis p
  Dandelion Taraxacum officinale r  p  *
  Daylily Hemerocallus fulva p  *
  Dock, curly Humex crispus e  p
  Fern, Christmas Polysticum acrostichoides p
  Fern, sensitive Onoclea sensibilis s  p
  Garlic, wild Allium vineale p
  Geranium, wild Geraniium maculatum p
  Goldenrod, wreath Solidago caesia p  r  e
  Goldenrod, field Solidago canadensis p  r  e
  Grape, summer Vitis aestivalis p
  Grass, orchard Dactylis glomerata p
  Grass, sweet vernal Anthoxanthum odoratum p
  Groovebur Agrimonia sp. p
  Horsetail Equisetum arvense p
  Iris, yellow Iris psuedecorus p  *
  Ivy, English Hedera helix l  p  *
  Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema sp. p
  Jewelweed Impatiens capensis  s  r  p
  Knotweed, Japanese Polygonum cuspidatum e  p  *
  Ladysthumb, spotted Polygonum persicaria e  I
  Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis p  *
  Dogtooth violet Erythronium americanum p
  Lily, white fawn Erythronium albidum p
  Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum p
  Milfoil, Eurasian water Myriophyllum spicatum p
  Moneywort, or creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia p
  Mustard, garlic Alliaria petiolata p  r  e  *
  Common periwinkle Vinca minor l  p
  Nightshade, climbing Solanum dulcamara r  p *
  Nightshade, enchanter’s  Circaea quadrisulcata s  r
  Nightshade, broad-leaf enchanter’s  Circaea lutetiana p
  Plaintain, common Plantago major p  *
  Pondweed Potamogeton crispus p
  Rocket, yellow Barbarea vulgaris p  *
  Rush, spike Eleocharis sp. p
  Rush, wood Luzula sp. p
  Sedge, wetlands Carex sp. p
  Skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus p
  Solomon’s seal  Polygonatum sp. p
  Sweetflag Acorus calamus p
  Toothwort, cutleaf Dentaria laciniata p
  Violet, common blue Viola papilionacea p *
  Swamp smartweed Polygonum hydropiperoides e