Blanket Flower Prairie SNA


Area and County

    Clay County
    Northwest Minnesota

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574.6 acres


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N46 41.317, W96 12.956

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota and NE Iowa Morainal


Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Cormorant Sand Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Dry Sand-Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Ownership Minnesota DNR logo        

Minnesota DNR


This SNA was designated on 4/26/2003 and included just 307.5 acres. The Minnesota DNR acquired an additional 97 acres in 2008, 14 acres in 2011, 145 acres in 2015, and 10 acres in 2017, increasing the size of this SNA to 574.6 acres.

What’s in a Name?
On 4/26/2003, the Commissioner of Natural Resources designated “the above-described lands as Blanket Flower Scientific and Natural Area.” The title of the Commissioner’s order was Commissioner’s Scientific and Natural Area Order No. 176 Blanket Flower Prairie Scientific and Natural Area. The word “Prairie” was dropped in the body of the order. The 2008 order expanding the SNA referred to the site as “Blanket Flower Scientific and Natural Area,” both in the title and the body of the order. The 2011 order added back the word “Prairie” and the 2015 order followed suit. The most recent order, dated June 5, 2017, dropped the word again. Since each Commissioner’s Order designates and gives the site its name, the official name of this site is now Blanket Flower Scientific and Natural Area. The old wood-routed sign for this SNA reads “Blanket Flower Prairie State Natural Area.”








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Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

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  Blanket Flower Prairie Scientific and Natural Area
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Keith Myrom


Hiked the SNA on the 17th and located two Hill's Thistle plants in bloom and a Spilosoma virginica, Yellow Bear Caterpillar of the Virginia Tiger Moth

Insects and Arachnids

Virginian tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica)



Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)



northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

northern leopard frog

Four bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

American Goldfinch
Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

Black Knot
Insects and Arachnids

One insect species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:


Special concern

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)


Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

clouded sulphur (Colias philodice)

common green darner (Anax junius)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

great black wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

seven-spotted lady beetle (Coccinella septempunctata)

common green darner


orange sulphur


plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Three plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:


Special concern

blanket flower (Gaillardia aristata)

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

spikeoat (Avenula hookeri)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Dry Sand-Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata var. punctata)

downy gentian (Gentiana puberulenta)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fireberry hawthorn (Crataegus chrysocarpa)

fringed loosestrife (Lysimachia ciliata)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

Hill’s thistle (Cirsium pumilum var. hillii)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

marsh hedge nettle (Stachys palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

narrow-leaved hawkweed (Hieracium umbellatum)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern bugleweed (Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie sagewort (Artemisia frigida)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple rattlesnake root (Nabalus racemosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale var. affine)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agastache foeniculum (blue giant hyssop)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia frigida (prairie sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium pumilum var. hillii (Hill’s thistle)

Crataegus chrysocarpa (fireberry hawthorn)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Equisetum hyemale var. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana puberulenta (downy gentian)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Hieracium umbellatum (narrow-leaved hawkweed)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris punctata var. punctata (dotted blazing star)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus uniflorus var. uniflorus (northern bugleweed)

Lysimachia ciliata (fringed loosestrife)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nabalus racemosus (purple rattlesnake root)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys palustris (marsh hedge nettle)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

American vetch

blue grama



common evening primrose

downy gentian

fringed loosestrife

hairy false goldenaster

heart-leaved golden alexanders

Hill’s thistle

narrow-leaved purple coneflower

northern bedstraw

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rough-fruited cinquefoil

silky aster

stiff goldenrod

tall cinquefoil

toothed evening primrose

violet wood sorrel

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

yellow wood sorrel





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