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Catalogue of PURPLE Wildflowers of North America

Digitalbcon Digitalbcon 737 posts

In order to help wildflower enthusiasts to better promote, identify and learn about wildflowers of North America, the following color designated catalog of wildflowers is available based on submissions by members of this group. This forum thread is designated to assist in correctly identifying PURPLE colored wildflowers. It will be an ongoing project as the list of wildflowers continues to grow, thanks to the efforts of its members.
This catalog is complete with the COMMON NAME, SCIENTIFIC NAME followed by PHOTOS of that particular wildflower. Please note that some flowers may be found in more than one catalog group as colors may vary from region to region, soil condition or life-stage of the flower.

Wild Lupine – Lupinus perennis

Silvery Lupine – Lupinus Argenteus

Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus

Bigleaf lupine – Lupinus polyphyllus

Bush Lupine – Lupinus longifolius

Nootka Lupin – Lupinus nootkatensis Donn

Purple Loosestrife – Lythrum salicaria

Greater Fringed Gentian – Gentianopsis crinita

Fringed Gentian – Gentiana crinita

Rocky Mountain Blue Fringed Gentian – Gentiana elegans

Tall Prairie Gentian – eustoma exaltatum

Felwort/Northern Gentian – Gentianella amarella

*Rocky Mountain Columbine – Aquilegia caerules


Northern Blue Columbine – Aquilegia brevistyla

Wild Columbine – Aquilegia canadensis

European Columbine – A. vulgaris

Common Morning Glory – Ipomoea purpurea

Western Wild Bergamot/Bee Balm – Monarda fistulosa

Crocus/Pasqueflower – Anemone patens

Long-leaf Fleabane – Erigeron corymbosus

Showy Fleabane Daisy – Erigeron speciosus

New England Aster – Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Alpine Aster – Aster alpinus

Fringed Purple Aster – Aster Ciliolatus

Silky Aster – Aster sericeus

Arrow-Leafed Aster – 
Symphyotrichum urophyllum

Mountain Aster – Aster syn. Diplopappus Cass

Leafy Aster – Aster foliaceus

Showy Wood Aster – Eurybia conspicua

Smooth Aster – Symphyotrichum laeve

Douglas’ Aster – Aster douglasii

Parry’s Townsendia – Townsendia parryi

Selfheal – Prunella vulgaris

Creeping Charlie/Catsfoot/Field Balm/Run-away-robin/Ground Ivy – Glechoma hederacea

Ivy-leaved toadflax – Cymbalaria muralis

Common Dog-violet – Viola riviniana

Birdsfoot Violet – Viola pedata

Early Blue Violet – Viola adunca

Common Blue Violet – Viola pratincola

Butterfly Pea – Clitoria mariana

Harlequin Blue Flag/Wild Iris – Iris versicolor

Savannah Iris – Iris hexagona var. savannarum

Iris tenax – Oregon Iris

Bowl Tubed Iris – Iris macrosiphon

Rocky Mountain Iris – Iris missouriensis

Herbertia lahue – Prairie nymph

Calypso Orchid – Calypso bulbosa

Galearis – Orchis spectabilis

Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea

Lavendar – Lavandula Intrmedia

Nuttall’s Larkspur- delphinium bicolor

Western Larkspur – Delphinium hesperium

Alpine Shooting Star – Dodecatheon alpinum

Darkthroat Shootingstar – Dodecatheon pulchellum

Sierra shooting star – Dodecatheon subalpinum

Purple-Flowering Rasberry – Rubus odoratus

Kalm’s Lobelia – Brook Lobelia

Passionflower – Passiflora

Sticky Purple Geranium – Geranium viscosissimum

Wild Geranium – Geranium maculatum

Doves Foot Geranium – Geranium molle

Smooth Ruellia – Ruellia strepens

Fireweed/Rosebay Willowherb – Epilobium angustifolium

Dwarf Fireweed – Epilobium latifolium

Canada thistle – Cirsium arvense

Common or Spear Thistle – Cirsium vulgare

Bull Thistle- Cirsium vulgare

Texas Thistle – Cirsium texanum

New Mexico Thistle – Cirsium neomexicanum

Teasel – Dipsacus fullonum

Purple Coneflower – Echinacea purpure

Brown Knapweed – Centaurea jacea

Bird Vetch- Vicia cracca

Crown Vetch – Coronilla Varia L.

American Vetch – Vicia americana

Purple Crown Vetch – Securigera varia

Northern Sweetvetch – Hedysarum boreale

Common Speedwell – Veronica officinalis

Woodland Phlox – Phlox divaricata laphamii

Spreading Phlox – Phlox Difusa

Storksbill – Erodium cicutarium

Texas Stork’s Bill – erodium texanum

Oaks Toothwort – Cardamine nuttallii

Florida Skullcap – Scutellaria floridana

Sweet Betsy – Trillium cuneatum

Red Trillium – Trillium erectum

Lenten Rose – Helleborus Orientalis

Iron weed – Vernonia gigantea

Henbit Deadnettle – Lamium amplexicaule

Marsh cinquefoil – Potentilla palustris

Purple Spiderwort – Spiderwort T. virginiana

Stemless Spiderwort – Tradescantia subacaulis

Sweet Kate Spiderwort – Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’

Southern Anemone – Anemone decapetala

Wild Radish – Raphanus sativus

Anemone hepatica -Hepatica nobilis

Sharp-Lobed Hepatica – Hepatica nobilis acuta

Western Spring Beauty – Claytonia lanceolata

Spring Cress – Cardamine bulbosa

Wild Camas/Common Camas – Camassia scilloides

Salsify – Tragopogon porrifolius

Blue Dicks – Dichelostemma capitatum

Purple “Hairy” Vetch – Vicia Villosa Roth

Four o’clocks – Mirabilis multiflora

Bittersweet Nightshade – Solanum dulcamara

Chaparral Nightshade – Solanum Xanti

Elegant Brodiaea – Brodiaea elegans

Alfalfa – Medicago staiva

Scorpion Flower/Alpine Phacelia – Phacelia sericea

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant – Cleome serrulata

Wild Chive – Allium schoenoprasum

Blue Vervain/Swamp Vervain – Verbena hastata

Hoary Verbain/Wolly Verbain – Verbena stricta

Beach Pea – Lathyrus japonicus

Wild Mint – Mentha-arvensis

Nodding Onion – allium cernuum

Pickerelweed – Pontederia cordata

Mariposa Lily Calochortus

Dame’s Rocket/Dame’s Violet – Hesperis matronalis

Western blue-eyed grass – Sisyrinchium bellum S. Watson

Sky Pilot – Polemonium viscosum

Periwinkle – Vinca minor

Creeping Bellflower – Campanula rapunculoides

Mexican Shamrock – Oxalis lasiandra

Iron Cross – Oxalis tetraphylla

Twining Snake Lily – Dichelostemma volubile

Wild Hyacinth – Camassia scilloides

Grass Widow – Sisyrinchium douglassii

Scaly blazing Star – Liatris squarrosa

Dotted Blazing Star – Liatris punctata

Purple Prairie Clover – Petalostemum purpureum

Pipevine – Aristolochia tomentosa

Grass Pink – Calopogon tuberosus

Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria

Summer clover – trifolium pratense

Common Butterwort – P. Vulgaris

Red Deadnettle/Purple Deadnettle/Purple Archangel – Lamium purpureum

Striped Coralroot – Corallorhiza striata

Wild verbena – Verbena rigida

MaryLouF MaryLouF 41 posts

This is so very helpful, tks.