Flower Links

Need help identifying prairie wildflowers? The colour index pages on this site feature thumbnails to make the search easier for Saskatchewan flowers. In addition, several useful websites related to prairie wildflowers are listed below.

Online Wildflower Resources

Saskatchewan sites/references 

Saskatchewan Wildflowers: A wonderful website featuring photos of hundreds of Saskatchewan native plants, with shots of foliage, leaves, stems, overall shape, etc. Extremely useful for identification, with thumbnail images sorted by colour for quick ID. The pictures for each flower include a handy ruler to illustrate size — and demonstrate just how tiny some prairie wildflowers really are. (The contents of this site have been online for some time, and recently moved to the new URL at http://www.saskwildflower.ca/.)

PrairieWildflowers.blogspot.ca - Yes, my site, which you may already be on... But just thought I'd add it in case this list is shared in isolation. My focus is on photographing those wildflowers I see and am intrigued with, and this site features visual indexes by colour. Enjoy!

Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan: Several online field checklists (as PDFs ) and guides.

Nature Regina's Native Plant Garden at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan. Features a searchable index, by flowering months.

Nature Saskatchewan's online bookstore is a good source for hard-to-find, locally focused guides.

Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre: The lists of images of Prairie creatures and plants is provided through a search page. (To confirm what's there, click the Common or Scientific name lists, or go right to the search.)

Saskatchewan Forage Council: The PDF “Field  Guide: Identification of Common Range Plants of Southern Saskatchewan” has very clear line drawings of grasses, grass-like plants, forbs and shrubs. (Forbs = the broad-leaved herbaceous plants, i.e., not shrubs or grasses, that are an integral part of the prairie. aka potential wildflowers!) Also from the Forage Council, Field Guide: Identification of Common Riparian Plants of Saskatchewan.  Good, clear line drawings of wetlands trees/shrubs, grasses, grass-like plants and forbs.

Invasive Species in Saskatchewan, with a range of fact sheets about invasive plants, insects and animals.

Virtual Herbarium: Features pictures of flowering Prairie plants, with a focus on Saskatchewan; includes pictures taken in the field and pressed specimens from the University of Regina.

Lichens: Bernard De Vries (Getting to know Saskatchewan Lichens) has written (with Irma De Vries) a number of online publications on lichens, including Prairie Lichens Series One (primarily soil lichens) and Prairie Lichens Series Three (primarily rock lichens). Series Two and Series Four feature Boreal lichens. There is also a De Vries field guide for lichens in Cypress Hills.

Other Canadian sites/references: 

  • Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses: Going further afield... Yes, I know Kansas is a little way from Saskatchewan, but we have many wildflowers in common and this is a lovely site. What could be better than flowers listed by logical colours (blue, purple, lavender, violet? white, green, greenish-white?), and displayed by thumbnails?
  • Minnesota Wildflower Info: This site features an app, and includes trees, ferns, grasses and sedges.
  • Montana Field Guide: The official state website for flowers — a lovely notion, and a good site.
  • Montana Plant Life: Saskatchewan borders Montana to the south, and so we have many plants in common — especially in the Grasslands. This site has a number of lists, including Native, Introduced, Edible, Medicinal and Poisonous Plants.
  • Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses of North Dakota: Links to Spring, Summer and late Summer flowers, with about a dozen in each group.
  • Prairie Wildflowers of Illinois has interesting information about our shared wildflowers. 
  • Wildflower Search 
  • Wildflowers East of the Rockies: Not specific to the Prairies, but this charming 1927 guide is worth a glance if you're interested in old botany books. Posted on Gutenberg in 2014, this e-book is searchable (Control-F) and featured painted illustrations. 

To be continued... Not that I'm still actively searching for more links, but as I find them I will add to this list — and if I've omitted your favourite Prairie/Northern Great Plains wildflower identification site, please let me know! (No commercial sites, i.e., plant sellers, please.)


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