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Celebrating Wildflowers

Red or Eastern Columbine plant growing on a large rock.
PLANT OF THE WEEK: Red or Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis L.)

The genus name Aquilegia comes from the Latin word aquila, which means "an eagle". This reference is specific to the shape of the petals which are said to be like an eagle's claw.

A side view of a Fritillary butterfly on a bunch of small orange flowers.
Pollinator of the Month: Fritillary Butterflies

A Pretty Butterfly and a Good Pollinator!


A large clump of Red Wake Robins (Trillium erectum) in the Appalachian Mountains.
Beauty of It All: Terrific Trilliums

Trilliums hold a special place in the hearts of naturalists, botanists, horticulturalists, and those who enjoy the outdoors worldwide!

Four plants on a creme colored background above text "Rare Plants"
Explore Rare Plants on our National Forests and Grasslands

“Caring for the land and serving people”, the mission of the U.S. Forest Service, means caring for rare plants and their habitats, and helping people learn about these special plants on our national forests and grasslands.

An illustration of plants, candles, rope, bowls, a cup and saucer, and a flying insect.
Ethnobotany…Plants Sustaining People

Ethnobotany is the study of how people of a particular culture and region make use of indigenous (native) plants.

Celebrating Wildflowers News

June 16 – 22, 2024, as National Grasslands Week (PDF, 50 KB). 

  • "I, Randy Moore, Chief of the Forest Service, do hereby proclaim June 16 – 22, 2024, as National Grasslands Week. I call upon the people of the United States to join me in celebrating the significance and precious legacy of America’s National Grasslands with appropriate observances and activities."

    Information and resources for grasslands are available on National Grasslands | Forest Service.

Our National Grasslands managers, with the support of local communities and in partnership with State Fish and Wildlife agencies, grazing organizations, sportspeople, and environmental groups, and other stakeholders work hard to administer the National Grasslands using sound, progressive principles of land conservation on behalf of the people of the United States. Our Nation’s 20 National Grasslands continue to be an outstanding conservation success story. It is essential to recognize the precious legacy represented by the establishment and maintenance of our National Grasslands.