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The Flowers, Trees and Native Species of Amherst State Park

    Boxelder

    Norway maple

    Red maple

    Silver maple

    Sugar maple

    Yarrow

    Quackgrass

    Redtop

    Tree-of-Heaven

    Ajuga

    Water-plantain

    Garlic mustard

    Wild garlic

   Speckled alder

    Ragweed

    Indian hemp

    Common burdock

    Jack-in-the-pulpit

    Swamp milkweed

    Common milkweed

    White wood aster

    New England aster

    Small white aster

    Japanese barberry

    Barberry

    Gray birch

    Beggar’s-tick

    False nettle

    Field mustard

    Smooth brome

    Hedge-bindweed

    Sedge

    Lake sedge

    Sedge

    Sedge

    Sedge

    Ironwood

    Bitternut hickory

    Shagbark hickory

    Chinese catalpa

    Oriental bittersweet

    Bittersweet

    Spotted knapweed

    Celandine

    White turtlehead

    Lamb’s quarters

    Chickory

    Oxeye daisy

    Enchanter's nightshade

    Canada thistle

    Bull-thistle

    Lily-of-the-valley

    Silky dogwood

    Beaked filbert

    Gray dogwood

    Redosier dogwood

    Hawthorn

    Black Swallow wort

    Orchard grass

    Queen Anne's lace

    Teasel

    Wood fern

    Field horsetail

    Daisy fleabane

    Joe pye-weed

    Boneset

    White snakeroot

    Flat-top goldenrod

    Wild strawberry

    White ash

    Green ash

    Bedstraw

    Wild geranium

    Herb robert

    White avens

    Ground ivy

    Slender mannagrass

    Witch-hazel

    English ivy

    Sunflower

    Cow parsnip

    Dame’s rocket

    Spotted jewelweed

    Yellow Iris

    Blue-flag Iris

    Butternut

    Black walnut

    Soft rush

    Slender rush

    Juniper

    Privet

    Butter-and-eggs

    Indian-tobacco

    Bush honeysuckles

    Bird's-foot trefoil

    Water-horehound

    Moneywort

    Purple loosestrife

    Wild lily-of-the-valley

    Apple

    Ostrich fern

    White sweet clover

    Yellow sweet clover

    Spearmint

    Mulberry

    Forget-me-nots

    Watercress

    Common evening primrose

    Sensitive fern

    Cinnamon fern

    Royal fern

    Yellow sorrel

    Virginiana creeper

    Wild parsnip

    Reed canary grass

    Timothy

    Common reed

    Pokeweed

    Norway spruce

    Colorado blue spruce

    Clear weed

    Austrian pine

    Red pine

    White pine

    Scotch pine

    English plantain

    Common plantain

    Sycamore

    Fowl bluegrass

    Kentucky bluegrass

    Mayapple

    Japanese knotweed

    Pennsylvania smartweed, Pinkweed

    Tearthumb

    Jumpseed

    Christmas fern

    Eastern cottonwood

    Trembling aspen

    Old-field cinquefoil

    Heal-all

    Pin cherry

    Black cherry

    Pear

    White oak

    Pin oak

    Northern red oak

    Tall buttercup

    Common buckthorn

    Staghorn sumac

    Gooseberry

    Black locust

    Multiflora rose

    Blackberry

    Black raspberry

    Curly dock

    Common arrowhead

    Weeping willow

    Black willow

    Willow

    Common elder

    Green bulrush

    Wool grass

    Soft-stemmed bulrush

    Tall goldenrod

    Canada goldenrod

    Skunk cabbage

    Lilac

    Dandelion

    Yew

    Tall meadowrue

    Poison ivy

    Red clover

    White clover

    Coltsfoot

    Broad-leaf cattail

    American elm

    Stinging nettle

    Mullein

    Blue vervain

    Wild raisin

    Arrowwood

    Cow vetch

    Myrtle

    Wild grape

    Riverbank grape


Acer negundo

Acer platanoides

Acer rubrum

Acer saccarinum

Acer saccharum

Achillea millefolium

Agropyron repens

Agrostis alba

Ailanthus altissima

Ajuga spp.

Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alliaria petiolata

Allium canadense

Alnus rugosa

Ambrosia artemisiifolia

Apocynum cannabinum

Arctium minus

Arisaema triphyllum

Asclepias incarnata

Asclepias syriaca

Aster divaricatus

Aster novae-angliae

Aster vimineus

Berberis thunbergii

Berberis vulgaris

Betula populifolia

Bidens spp.

Boehmeria cylindrica

Brassica rapa

Bromus inermis

Calystegia sepium

Carex crinita

Carex lacustris

Carex scopiaria

Carex spp.

Carex vulpinoidea

Carpinus caroliniana

Carya cordiformis

Carya ovata

Catalpa ovata

Celastrus orbiculatus

Celastrus scandens

Centaurea maculosa

Chelidonium majus

Chelone glabra

Chenopodium album

Chichorium intybus

Chrysanthemum leucanthemum

Circaea quadrisulcata

Circium arvense

Cirsium vulgare

Convallaria majalis

Cornus amomum

Corylus cornuta

Cornus foemina

Cornus stolonifera

Crataegus spp.

Cynanchum nigrum

Dactylis glomerata

Daucus carota

Dipsacus sylvestris

Dryopteris spp.

Equisetum arvense

Erigeron philadelphicus

Eupatorium maculatum

Eupatorium perfoliatum

Eupatorium rugosum

Euthamia graminifolia

Fragaria virginiana

Fraxinus americana

Fraxinus pennsylvanica

Galium spp.

Geranium maculatum

Geranium robertianum

Geum canadense

Glechoma hederacea

Glyceria melicaria

Hamamelis virginiana

Hedera helix

Helianthus spp.

Heracleum lahatum

Hesperis matronalis

Impatiens capensis

Iris pseadoacorus

Iris versicolor

Juglans cinera

Juglans nigra

Juncus effusus

Juncus tenuis

Juniperis spp.

Ligustrum spp.

Linaria vulgaris

Lobelia inflata

Lonicera spp

Lotus corniculata

Lycopus americana

Lysimachia nummularia

Lythrum salicaria

Maianthemum canadensis

Malus spp.

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Melilotus alba

Melilotus offinalis

Mentha spicata

Morus spp.

Myosotis laxa

Nasturtium officinale

Oenothera biennis

Onoclea sensibilis

Osmunda cinnamomea

Osmunda regalis

Oxalis spp.

Parthenocisus quinquefolia

Pastinaca sativa

Phalaris arundinacea

Phleum pratense

Phragmites australis

Phytolacca americana

Picea abies

Picea pungens

Pilea pumila

Pinus nigra

Pinus resinosa

Pinus strobus

Pinus sylvestris

Plantago lanceolata

Plantago major

Platanus occidentalis

Poa palustris

Poa pratensis

Podophyllum peltatum

Polygonum cuspidatum

Polygonum pennsylvanicum

Polygonum sagittatum

Polygonum virginianum

Polystichum acrostichoides

Populus deltoides

Populus tremuloides

Potentilla simplex

Prunella vulgaris

Prunus pensylvanica

Prunus serotina

Pyrus communis

Quercus alba

Quercus palustris

Quercus rubra

Ranunculus acris

Rhamnus cathartica

Rhus typhina

Ribes spp.

Robinia pseudo-acacia

Rosa multiflora

Rubus alumnus

Rubus occidentalis

Rumex crispus

Sagittaria latifolia

Salix babylonica

Salix nigra

Salix species

Sambucus canadensis

Scirpus atrovirens

Scirpus cyperinus

Scirpus validus

Solidago altissima

Solidago canadensis

Symplocarpus foetidus

Syringa spp.

Taraxacum officinale

Taxus spp.

Thalictrum polygamum

Toxicodendron radicans

Trifolium pratense

Trifolium repens

Tussilago farfara

Typha latifolia

Ulmus americana

Urtica doica

Verbascum thapsus

Verbena hastata

Viburnum cassanoides

Viburnum recognitum

Vicia cracca

Vinca minor

Vitis aestivalis

Vitis riparia


Plants in Amherst State Park

Courtesy of Gerry Rising


    A total of over 180 different plant species were documented within the park boundaries by Environmental Design and Research in their Master Plan development. These species include native plants as well as introduced exotic species that have either been planted or have become naturalized components of the plant communities in which they are found. No endangered plants were identified.


Plant Species List

    Amherst State Park is home to an abundance of both terrestrial and aquatic species of plants and trees both native and Invasive.  Many of the flora contained within support the ecosystem of the park and ongoing efforts with WNY Invasive species volunteer task force, WNY Prism and the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers have made significant progress on Invasive species management and removal.  Long term management plans have been put in place for early Detection Rapid Response.


If you are interested in assisting with the Invasive species management projects, please contact Kim Weber at 716-491-9530


Kimberly A. Weber

Amherst Conservation Advisory Council

WNY Invasive Species volunteer task force coordinator

WNY Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

   A sea of Celandine (Chelidonium majus) in bloom along the banks of Ellicott Creek.