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Vegetation of the Milk River Area

The Milk River is located in the southern portion of the Alberta Grasslands.

Information for this page comes from the Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park Flower Checklist.

Trees
Shrubs
Sage
Cacti
Grasses
Wildflowers

A Prairie Rose.
Trees

Balsam Poplar
Narrow Leaf Cottonwood
Peach-Leaf Willow
Plains Cottonwood


A Plains Cottonwood.

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Shrubs
Chokecherry
Common Juniper
Creeping Juniper
Golden Current 
Prairie Rose
Prickly Rose
Sandbar Willow
Saskatoon
Silverberry
Skunkbrush
Thorny buffaloberry

Skunkbrush.

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Sage
Pasture (fringed) Sage
Prairie Sage
Sagebrush

Sagebrush.

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Cacti
Cushion Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom.

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Just A Few Grasses

Blue Grama
Giant Wild Rye
Indian Rice Grass
June Grass
Northern Wheat Grass
Spear Grass

NOTE: There are many, many different species of grass in southern Alberta.
This is just a very short list of some grasses which characterize the area.

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Wildflowers

Early Spring Prairie Crocus
Yellowbell
Moss Phlox
Low Townsendia
Saline Shooting Star
Yellow Prairie Violet
Early Yellow Locoweed
Three-flowered Avens
Leafy Musineon
Low Larkspur
Cushion Milk Vetch
Smooth Blue Beardtongue
Narrow-leaved Puncoon
Golden Bean
Bastard Toad-flax
Pale Comandra
Common Groundsel
Star-flowered Solomon's Seal
Late Spring Mouse-eared Chickweed
Sand Bladderpod
Spatulate Bladderpod
Cut-leaved Anemone
Tow-grooved Milk Vetch
Gumbo Evening Primrose
Butte Marigold
Colorado Rubberweed
Clustered Oreocarya
Small-flowered Rocket
Wild Blue Flax
Yellow Umbrella-plant
Drummond's Milk Vetch
Ascending Milk Vetch
Northern Hedysarum
Wild Vetch
Silvery Lupine
Scarlet Mallow
Scarlet Butterfly-weed
Prickly Milk Vetch
Canadian Milk Vetch
White Beardtongue
Yellow Goat's-beard
Common Yarrow
Gaillardia
Low Whitlow-wort
Tufted Fleabane
Smooth Fleabane
Early Summer Yellow Flax
White Evening Primrose
Yellow Evening Primrose
Harebell
Western Clematis
Common Annual Sunflower
Blue-eyed Grass
Hairy Golden Aster
Sand-lily
Stick-seed
Prairie Cone-flower
Owl-clover
Western Snowberry
Late Summer Wild Bergamot
Showy Milkweed
Low Goldenrod
Dotted Blazingstar
Smooth Aster
Gumweed
Purple Prairie Clover
Broomweed
Skeltonweed

Click on the below pictures for a closer look.
Gaillardia.
Prairie Coneflower.
Gumbo Evening Primrose.
Hairbell.
Common Annual Sunflower.
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