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monkshood (Aconitum columbianum)Aconitum columbianum
Common Names Monk's Hood
Family Buttercup
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Short Description 1.5 to 7 feet tall.
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No
taper-tip onion (Allium acuminatum)
Allium acuminatum
Common Names taper-tip onion
Family Lily
Flower Color Purple
Native Yes
Weed No
indigo bush, false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)
Amorpha fruticosa
Common Names indigo bush, false indigo
Family Legume or Pea
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Shrub - Tree
Native Yes
Weed Yes
showy aster, alpine aster, mountain aster (Aster alpigenus var. haydenii)Aster alpigenus var. haydenii
Common Names showy aster, alpine aster, mountain aster
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No
musk thistle (Carduus nutans)Carduus nutans
Common Names musk thistle
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Introduced Yes
Weed Yes
fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

Chamerion angustifolium
Common Names fireweed
Family Evening Primrose
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No
Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Cirsium arvense
Common Names Canada thistle
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Short Description Perennial, deep-seated creeping underground roots. Leaves: Spiny, pinnatifid
Location McCall
Native No
Weed Noxious
bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Cirsium vulgare
Common Names bull thistle
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Short Description Biennial.
Location McCall
Native No
Weed Noxious
rocky mountain beeplant (Cleome serrulata)Cleome serrulata
Common Names rocky mountain beeplant
Family Caper
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native Yes
Weed Can be
Searl's prairie clover (Dalea searlsiae)
Dalea searlsiae
Common Names Searl's prairie clover
Family Legume or Pea
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Native Yes
Weed No
shootingstar (Dodecatheon pulchellum)
Dodecatheon pulchellum
Common Names shootingstar
Family Primrose
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native Yes
Weed No
showy downingia (Downingia elegans)Downingia elegans
Common Names showy downingia
Family Harebell
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native Yes
Weed No
Epilobium watsonii
Common Names Watson's willow -herb
Family Evening Primrose
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
henbit, henbit deadnettle (Lamium amplexicaule)Lamium amplexicaule
Common Names henbit , henbit deadnettle
Family Mint
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Introduced Yes
Weed Yes
Few-flowered Peavine (Lathyrus pauciflorus)
Lathyrus pauciflorus
Common Names few-flowered peavine
Family Legume or Pea
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Vine
Native Yes
Weed No
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)Lythrum salicaria
Common Names purple loosestrife
Family Loosestrife
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native No
Weed Noxious
tall purple aster, hoary aster, hoary tansyaster (Machaeranthera canescens)
Machaeranthera canescens
Common Names tall purple aster, hoary aster, hoary tansyaster
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native Yes
Weed No
Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthuim) Onopordum acanthium
Common Names Scotch thistle
Family Composites, Sunflower
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Native No
Weed Noxious
globe penstemon (Penstemon globosus)

Penstemon globosus
Common Names globe penstemon
Family Figwort or Snapdragon
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Short Description Globe Penstemon
Penstemon spp.
Common Names penstemon, beardtongue
Family Figwort or Snapdragon
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Location McCall
Native Yes
Weed No
Linear-leafed Phacelia (Phacelia linearis)Phacelia linearis
Common Names threadleaf phacelia, linear-leafed phacelia
Family Waterleaf
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Herb
Native Yes
Weed No
wallflower phoenicaulis (Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides Nutt.)Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides Nutt.
Common Names daggerpod, wallflower phoenicaulis
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Forb
Native Yes
purple sage (Salvia dorrii var. carnosa)
Salvia dorrii var. carnosa
Common Names purple sage
Family Mint
Flower Color Purple
Plant Type Shrub
Native Yes
Weed No

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Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

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