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scarlet pimpernel

Scarlet Pimpernel Anagallis Arvensis

Native to Europe and Asia, it is naturalized throughout the U.S. and Canada. It can be found in disturbed soils and along roadsides.


Sneezweed Helenium Autumnale

This flower native to all of North America can be found in the wild and in many backyard gardens. At one time, the leaves were used to make snuff which is where it got it's name. Sneezeweed has the look of small daisys and like many of it’s other members in the aster family, it blooms in the fall.

spiny sowthistle

Spiny Sowthistle Sonchus Asper

Many consider this annual a noxious weed. It has the look of a thistle but is actually in the sunflower family. It is very similar in the way a dandelion looks in the shape of its leaves, it's taproot and the way it produces seeds when the flower is finished. Spiny Sowthistle can be found throughout North America and is native to Europe and Asia.

spring beauty

Spring Beauty Claytonia Virginica

Spring beauty is native to the Northeaster part of the U.S. in damp shaded, undisturbed wooded areas, blooming between the months of April and May.

Solomon's Seal

Solomon's Seal Polygonatum Biflorum

Solomon's Seal is a favorite ground cover for native plant gardeners because it adapts well to different soil. It also is said to do well in partial sun to light shade. It can be found in many wooded areas throughout the eastern and midwestern part of the United States. You may find this plant being called P. canaliculatum, which was once thought to be a separate species, but the two are synonymous.

Solomon's Seal blooms in the spring and is used in tea and herbal remedies. Later on the plants get little purple berries which get eaten by birds.

Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn Sumac Rhus Typhina

This is a native low growing shrub, related to poison ivy, is often found growing on the freeways. It is intolerant of shade. The blossoms have been used to treat asthma, brewed as a tea.

stinging nettle
Photo by J. Brew

Stinging Nettle Urtica Dioica

Stinging nettle is indigenous throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. It has many uses as a medicinal plant and can also be eaten.

Spotted Knapweed

Spotted Knapweed Centaurea Maculosa

Native to Europe, it is considered a noxious weed throughout the United States. It is often found in rocky waste areas and by railroad tracks. Spotted Knapweed can often be a problem for ranchers and farmers because it exudes a substance from its roots that kills other plants near to it. Ranchers hate it because most farm animals that graze cannot eat it. Sheep are the only livestock which will eat it.

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort Hypericum Perforatum

Common St John’s-wort is native to Europe and is an introduction to this country. It is commonly used in treating depression and blooms from July to August.

Stiff Coreopsis

Stiff Coreopsis Coreopsis Palmata

It is native from Minnesota and Wisconsin to extreme northern Louisiana. This flower is very easy to cultivate and blooms in mid-summer, dying back by mid-July.

Stiff Goldenrod

Stiff Goldenrod Oligoneuron Rigidum Var. Rigidum

Goldenrod, native to Michigan, blooms from August to October and likes full sun.

Stork's Bill

Stork's Bill Erodium Cicutarium

Introduced in the early 1700s from Europe, Stork's Bill is considered a noxious weed by many farmers, reducing crop yealds and is poisonous to livestock. This biannual can easily be found growing along freeways and disturbed areas spreading by seed.

sulfur cinquefoil

Sulfur Cinquefoil Potentilla Recta

This Eurasion perennial introduction came around 1900. Except for Alaska and Northern Canada, it can be found growing throughout North America. Although not considered a destructive weed to agriculture, it can cause large areas of monoculture in wild areas.

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