Rock Ridge Prairie SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Cottonwood County
    Southwest Minnesota
     
 

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203 acres

 
 
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Parking

N44 5.829, W95 3.623

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting


Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

North Central Glaciated Plains

Subsection(s)  

Minnesota River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Darfur Bedrock Hills

 
Native Plant Communities1

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype

Mesic Prairie (Southern)


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History
This site was disignated Rock Ridge Prairie Scientific and Natural Area on May 21, 2004.


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8/1/2010

  8/31/2016   6/18/2019    

 

 

 

 

       

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Amphibians

northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

 

northern leopard frog

Bacteria

apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)

Pst


Birds

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Common Grackle

Mourning Dove

Red-winged Blackbird


Insects and Arachnids

black fly (Family Simuliidae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common green darner (Anax junius)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma americanum)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

northern bush katydid (Scudderia septentrionalis)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)

Carolina grasshopper

monarch

twelve-spotted skimmer

 

 


Mammals

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American red squirrel

Plants

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

 

Threatened

prairie bush clover (Lespedeza leptostachya)

 

Special concern

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

tumblegrass (Schedonnardus paniculatus)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Crystalline Bedrock Outcrop (Prairie): Sioux Quartzite Subtype ROs12a2

Mesic Prairie (Southern) UPs23a

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American pasqueflower (Anemone patens var. multifida)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American stickseed (Hackelia deflexa var. americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

blue spruce (Picea pungens)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bluntleaf bedstraw (Galium obtusum ssp. obtusum)

bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)

bracted vervain (Verbena bracteata)

brittle prickly pear (Opuntia fragilis)

buffalo grass (Buchloë dactyloides)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

Carolina geranium (Geranium carolinianum var. carolinianum)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common plantain (Plantago major)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

corn (Zea mays)

Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

downy phlox (Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

European stickseed (Lappula squarrosa)

false sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis)

fiddleleaf hawksbeard (Crepis runcinata ssp. runcinata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fluxweed (Isanthus brachiatus)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

foxtail barley (Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

goldmoss stonecrop (Sedum acre)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

Great Plains flat-topped goldenrod (Euthamia gymnospermoides)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis)

grimmia dry rock moss (Grimmia laevigata)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

heart-leaved four o’clock (Mirabilis nyctaginea)

heart-leaved golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

June grass (Koeleria macrantha)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-leaved chickweed (Stellaria longifolia)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

meadow garlic (Allium canadense var. canadense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

mountain death camas (Anticlea elegans)

needle-and-thread (Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata)

needleleaf sedge (Carex duriuscula)

New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)

nodding spurge (Euphorbia nutans)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie alumroot (Heuchera richardsonii)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus)

prairie larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens)

prairie lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prairie smoke (Geum triflorum var. triflorum)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

prickly quill sedge (Carex echinodes)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

redroot amaranth (Amaranthus retroflexus)

redtop (Agrostis gigantea)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

rock spikemoss (Selaginella rupestris)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

rough false pennyroyal (Hedeoma hispida)

rough rattlesnake root (Nabalus asper)

rough-fruited cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

Sartwell’s sedge (Carex sartwellii)

Scribner’s panic grass (Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum)

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

sleepy catchfly (Silene antirrhina)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

Standley’s goosefoot (Chenopodium standleyanum)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sunbright (Phemeranthus parviflorus)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

tall thistle (Cirsium altissimum)

tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

western rock jasmine (Androsace occidentalis)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white mulberry (Morus alba)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

whorled milkweed (Asclepias verticillata)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

woolly burdock (Arctium tomentosum)

woolly plantain (Plantago patagonica)

woundwort (Stachys pilosa var. arenicola)

yellow alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. falcata)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow star grass (Hypoxis hirsuta)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agrostis gigantea (redtop)

Allium canadense var. canadense (meadow garlic)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Amaranthus retroflexus (redroot amaranth)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Androsace occidentalis (western rock jasmine)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone patens var. multifida (American pasqueflower)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Anticlea elegans (mountain death camas)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arctium tomentosum (woolly burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia dracunculus (tarragon)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asclepias verticillata (whorled milkweed)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Buchloë dactyloides (buffalo grass)

Calystegia sepium (hedge bindweed)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Carex duriuscula (needleleaf sedge)

Carex echinodes (prickly quill sedge)

Carex sartwellii (Sartwell’s sedge)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium standleyanum (Standley’s goosefoot)

Cirsium altissimum (tall thistle)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Crepis runcinata ssp. runcinata (fiddleleaf hawksbeard)

Dactylis glomerata ssp. glomerata (orchard grass)

Dalea candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens (prairie larkspur)

Dichanthelium oligosanthes ssp. scribnerianum (Scribner’s panic grass)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus var. strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia nutans (nodding spurge)

Euthamia gymnospermoides (Great Plains flat-topped goldenrod)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium obtusum ssp. obtusum (bluntleaf bedstraw)

Geranium carolinianum var. carolinianum (Carolina geranium)

Geum triflorum var. triflorum (prairie smoke)

Grimmia laevigata (grimmia dry rock moss)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Hackelia deflexa var. americana (American stickseed)

Hedeoma hispida (rough false pennyroyal)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus ssp. subrhomboideus (stiff sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. occidentalis (false sunflower)

Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata (needle-and-thread)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Heuchera richardsonii (prairie alumroot)

Hordeum jubatum ssp. jubatum (foxtail barley)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass)

Isanthus brachiatus (fluxweed)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Koeleria macrantha (June grass)

Lactuca ludoviciana (prairie lettuce)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Lappula squarrosa (European stickseed)

Lathyrus venosus (veiny pea)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Lonicera tatarica (Tartarian honeysuckle)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. falcata (yellow alfalfa)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Mirabilis nyctaginea (heart-leaved four o’clock)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Morus alba (white mulberry)

Nabalus asper (rough rattlesnake root)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Opuntia fragilis (brittle prickly pear)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phemeranthus parviflorus (sunbright)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Phlox pilosa ssp. fulgida (downy phlox)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea pungens (blue spruce)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Plantago patagonica (woolly plantain)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Polygonatum biflorum var. commutatum (smooth Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla recta (rough-fruited cinquefoil)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Sedum acre (goldmoss stonecrop)

Selaginella rupestris (rock spikemoss)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis (green foxtail)

Silene antirrhina (sleepy catchfly)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Stachys pilosa var. arenicola (woundwort)

Stellaria longifolia (long-leaved chickweed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tradescantia bracteata (bracted spiderwort)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Ulmus pumila (Siberian elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena bracteata (bracted vervain)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s root)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zea mays (corn)

Zizia aptera (heart-leaved golden alexanders)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

alfalfa

alsike clover

American pasqueflower

American vetch

bracted spiderwort

Canada anemone

catnip

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common milkweed

common strawberry

common yarrow

Culver’s root

downy phlox

false sunflower

gray-headed coneflower

heart-leaved four o’clock

heart-leaved golden alexanders

hedge bindweed

hoary puccoon

leadplant

meadow garlic

Morrow’s honeysuckle

prairie alumroot

prairie coreopsis

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

prairie larkspur

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

rough cinquefoil

rough false pennyroyal

rough-fruited cinquefoil

Russian olive

silverleaf scurfpea

tall cinquefoil

Tartarian honeysuckle

toothed evening primrose

Virginia waterleaf

western poison ivy

white prairie clover

whorled milkweed

wild bergamot

woolly plantain

yellow star grass


 

 

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