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National Geographic - Lewis & Clark's Plant Discoveries




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Bitterroot
Lewis collected a blossoming Bitterroot specimen near Missoula as well. The Bitterroot was named in honor of Lewis, and now it is Montana’s state flower.

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Prickly Pear
During their painstaking portage around the Great Falls of the Missouri River, Lewis noted the copious, spiny beds of prickly pear. This overabundance as a result of bison overgrazing the area.

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