Plants

The plant kingdom includes flowering plants, trees, ferns and mosses; however this website currently limits the category to flowering plants and ferns. Plants have cell walls with cellulose and characteristically obtain most of their energy from sunlight via photosynthesis using chlorophyll; however there are a few exceptions in which some parasitic plants have no chlorophyll at all. Many plants also produce flowers and seeds for reproduction.

Plants play an important role in supporting life on Earth. They breathe carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, which is necessary for the survival of all animals, including humans. They are also a food source for most of living things on Earth, but in the fruits and vegetables they produce, as wells as the products of their decay which are a necessary food source for bacteria and even other plants.

Connecticut has a great diversity of plants, many of which are edible and quite a few that are dangerous or poisonous. Edible plants include wild raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in the summer, as well as wild strawberries in the spring. Perhaps most commonly recognized plant in Connecticut is the toxic and blister-causing poison ivy, which is extremely abundant in the state. Children learn about this plant at an early age using the mnemonic 'Leaves of three, let it be.'

Latin Name
Capnoides sempervirens
Conopholis americana
Convallaria majalis
Coreopsis verticillata
Crocus tommasinianus
Crocus vernus
Cucurbita moschata
Cynanchum louiseae
Cypripedium acaule
Datura stramonium
Daucus carota
Desmodium canadense
Desmodium paniculatum
Desmodium rotundifolium
Dicentra canadensis
Dicentra cucullaria
Dicentra eximia
Digitaria ischaemum
Duchesnea indica
Echinacea purpurea
Echium vulgare
Epifagus virginiana
Epipactis helleborine
Equisetum arvense
Eranthis hyemalis
Erigeron annuus
Erythronium americanum
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus fortunei
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Euphorbia cyparissias
Euphorbia esula
Eurybia divaricata
Eutrochium fistulosum
Fallopia japonica
Ficaria verna
Foeniculum vulgare
Forsythia x intermedia
Fothergilla major
Fragaria virginiana
Gaillardia pulchella
Galanthus nivalis
Galearis spectabilis
Galinsoga quadriradiata
Gaultheria procumbens
Geranium maculatum
Geranium robertianum
Glechoma hederacea
Goodyera pubescens
Hedera helix
Helianthus annuus
Helianthus tuberosus
Helleborus foetidus
Helleborus lividus
Hemerocallis fulva
Hesperis matronalis
Hibiscus moscheutos
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Hieracium caespitosum
Hieracium venosum
Houstonia caerulea
Hyacinthus orientalis
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hypericum perforatum
Hypoxis hirsuta
Iberis sempervirens
Ilex glabra densa
Impatiens capensis
Ipomoea lacunosa
Ipomoea purpurea
Iris domestica
Iris pseudacorus
Iris spuria
Iva frutescens
Kalmia latifolia
Kerria japonica
Lamium purpureum
Lamprocapnos spectabilis
Lathyrus japonicus
Lathyrus latifolius
Leonurus cardiaca
Leucojum aestivum
Leucothoe axillaris
Liatris novae-angliae
Lilium superbum
Limonium carolinianum
Linaria vulgaris
Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia inflata
Lonicera morrowii
Lonicera sempervirens
Lotus corniculatus
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Lysimachia nummularia
Lysimachia quadrifolia
Lythrum salicaria
Mahonia aquifolium
Maianthemum canadense
Maianthemum racemosum
Maianthemum stellatum
Medeola virginiana
Melissa officinalis
Mertensia virginica
Mitchella repens
Monarda didyma
Monarda fistulosa
Monotropa hypopitys
Monotropa uniflora
Muscari racemosum
Myosotis scorpioides
Myosotis stricta
Myrrhis odorata
Nabalus altissimus
Narcissus pseudonarcissus
Nepeta cataria
Nuphar lutea
Nuttallanthus canadensis
Nymphaea odorata
Nymphaea x Attraction
Oenothera biennis
Onoclea sensibilis
Opuntia humifusa
Ornithogalum umbellatum
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
Oxalis stricta
Pachysandra terminalis
Packera aurea
Packera obovata
Panax trifolius
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Peltandra virginica
Penstemon digitalis
Perilla frutescens
Persicaria perfoliata
Persicaria sagittata
Phlox subulata
Phragmites australis
Phytolacca americana
Pieris japonica
Pilea pumila
Plantago lanceolata
Podophyllum peltatum
Polygonatum multiflorum
Polygonum caespitosum
Polystichum acrostichoides
Pontederia cordata
Portulaca oleracea
Potentilla intermedia
Potentilla recta
Potentilla simplex
Prunella vulgaris
Pseudofumaria lutea
Pteridium aquilinum
Pulmonaria officinalis
Puschkinia scilloides
Pyrola americana
Pyrola elliptica
Ranunculus acris
Ranunculus hispidus
Ranunculus recurvatus
Ranunculus repens
Ranunculus sceleratus
Rhododendron periclymenoides
Rorippa sylvestris
Rosa rugosa
Rubus flagellaris
Rubus fruticosus
Rubus phoenicolasius
Rubus strigosus
Rudbeckia hirta
Rumex acetosella
Sagittaria latifolia
Sanguinaria canadensis
Sanguisorba canadensis
Scilla siberica
Scirpus cyperinus
Securigera varia
Sedum sarmentosum
Senecio vulgaris
Silene latifolia
Sisyrinchium montanum
Smilax rotundifolia
Solanum carolinense
Solanum dulcamara
Solanum nigrum
Solidago bicolor
Solidago canadensis
Solidago puberula
Solidago sempervirens
Sonchus asper
Spartina alterniflora
Stachys byzantina
Stylophorum diphyllum
Symphyotrichum laeve
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Symphyotrichum puniceum
Symplocarpus foetidus
Syringa vulgaris
Taenidia integerrima
Tagetes patula
Tanacetum vulgare
Taraxacum officinale
Thalictrum dioicum
Thalictrum pubescens
Thalictrum thalictroides
Toxicodendron radicans
Trientalis borealis
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium repens
Trillium erectum
Trillium grandiflorum
Tussilago farfara
Typha latifolia
Urtica dioica
Uvularia grandiflora
Vaccinium corymbosum
Veratrum viride
Verbascum thapsus
Verbena hastata
Veronica persica
Vicia cracca
Vinca major
Vinca minor
Viola cucullata
Viola macloskeyi
Viola pubescens
Viola sororia
Viola tricolor var. hortensis
Vitis vinifera
Wisteria sinensis
Xanthium strumarium
Yucca filamentosa
Zea mays
Zizia aurea
Common Name
Adam's needle
American pokeweed
American red raspberry
American tearthumb
American tiger lily
American vervain
Azure bluet
Beach pea
Beech drops
Bigleaf marsh-elder
Bird's-foot trefoil
Bittersweet nightshade
Black swallow-wort
Black-eyed-Susan
Blackberry
Blackberry lily
Bleeding heart
Bloodroot
Blue iris
Blue scorpion grass
Blue toadflax
Border forsythia
Bracken
Bristly buttercup
Broad-leaved helleborine
Broadleaf arrowhead
Burning bush
Butter-and-eggs
Canada goldenrod
Canada mayflower
Canadian burnet
Canadian clearweed
Cardinal flower
Carolina horsenettle
Carolina sea-lavender
Catnip
Celandine-poppy
Chinese hibiscus
Chinese wisteria
Christmas fern
Cicely
Cinnamon fern
Coltsfoot
Common blue violet
Common boneset
Common cattail
Common cinquefoil
Common cocklebur
Common dandelion
Common dewberry
Common evening-primrose
Common grape vine
Common greenbrier
Common horsetail
Common hyacinth
Common morning-glory
Common mullein
Common purslane
Common reed
Common self-heal
Common snowdrop
Common yellow woodsorrel
Corn
Cow vetch
Creeping buttercup
Creeping yellowcress
Crown vetch
Cursed crowfoot
cypress spurge
Daffodil
Daisy fleabane
Dame's rocket
Densa inkberry holly
Downy goldenrod
Downy rattlesnake plantain
Downy yellow violet
Dutchman's breeches
Dutchman's pipe
Dwarf ginseng
Early meadow-rue
Eastern poison ivy
Eastern prickly pear
Eastern purple coneflower
Eastern skunk cabbage
Eastern teaberry
English ivy
European black nightshade
False Solomon's seal
Fennel
Field hawkweed
Firewheel
Foxglove beard-tongue
Fragrant water-lily
French marigold
Fringed quickweed
Garden star-of-Bethlehem
Golden alexanders
Golden ragwort
Grape hyacinth
Great white trillium
Greater periwinkle
Green arrow arum
Ground-ivy
Groundsel
Hollow Joe-Pye weed
Hooked crowfoot
Indian cucumber
Indian pipe
Indian tobacco
Intermediate cinquefoil
Japanese andromeda
Japanese knotweed
Japanese pachysandra
Japanese rose
Jerusalem artichoke
Jimsonweed
Kerria
Lamb's-ear
Large witch alder
Large-flowered bellwort
Leafy spurge
Lemon balm
Lesser celandine
Lesser periwinkle
Lilac
Lily of the valley
Lungwort
Majorcan Hellebore
Marsh blue violet
Mayapple
Meadow buttercup
Mile-a-minute weed
Mock strawberry
Moneywort
Morrow's honeysuckle
Moss phlox
Motherwort
Mountain laurel
Narrowleaf plantain
New England aster
New England blazing-star
Northern highbush blueberry
Oakleaf hydrangea
Orange day-lily
Orange jewelweed
Oregon grape
Panicledleaf ticktrefoil
Pansy
Partridge berry
Perennial candytuft
Perennial pea
Persian speedwell
Pickerelweed
Pink azalea
Pink Corydalis
Pink lady's slipper
Prickly sow-thistle
Purple dead-nettle
Purple loosestrife
Purplestem aster
Queen Anne's lace
Ragged-Robin
Rattlesnake hawkweed
Red clover
Robert Geranium
Round-leaved pyrola
Round-leaved trailing tick-trefoil
Roundleaf ragwort
Rue anemone
Saint John's-wort
Scarlet beebalm
Seaside goldenrod
Sensitive fern
Sheep's sorrel
Shinleaf
Shisho
Showy orchis
Showy tick-trefoil
Siberian squill
Silverrod
Small white violet
Smooth blue aster
Smooth cordgrass
Smooth crabgrass
Solomon's seal
Spring Crocus
Squash
Squawroot
Squirrel corn
Starflower
Starry false Solomon's seal
Stinging nettle
Stinking hellebore
Strict blue-eyed grass
Stringy stonecrop
Striped squill
Sulphur cinquefoil
Summer snowflake
Sunflower
Swamp dog-laurel
Swamp hellebore
Swamp-rose mallow
Tall meadow-rue
Tall white lettuce
Tansy
Thread-leaved tickseed
Trout lily
True forget-me-not
Trumpet honeysuckle
Tufted knotweed
Viper's bugloss
Virginia bluebells
Virginia creeper
Virginia strawberry
Wake-robin
Water Lily "Attraction"
White campion
White clover
White wood aster
Whitestar
Whorled loosestrife
Wild bergamot
Wild bleeding heart
Wild geranium
Wineberry
Winter aconite
Winter creeper
Woodland crocus
Woolgrass
Yellow corydalis
Yellow iris
Yellow pimpernel
Yellow star grass
Yellow water-lily
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