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Western dock o n (Rumex occidentalis)
Distribution: Distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to central California, east to North Dakota and New Mexico.
Habitat: Moist to swampy areas and wet meadows, from the sea coast to foothill valleys.
Origin: Native
Or slender naias (Najas flexilis)
Distribution: Distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Arizona, and across the northern half of North America.
Habitat: Fresh to slightly brackish water.
Origin: Native
Nap-at-noon (Ornithogalum umbellatum)
Distribution: Distributed in scattered locations throughout Washington; occurring chiefly in central and eastern United States, with scattered locations in western states.
Habitat: Roadsides, open forests, waste places.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Pheasant's eye narcissus (Narcissus poeticus)
Distribution: Occasional escape in lowland western Washington; occasional escape in areas throughout much of North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and waste places.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Poet's narcissus (Narcissus poeticus)
Distribution: Occasional escape in lowland western Washington; occasional escape in areas throughout much of North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and waste places.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Brewer's navarretia (Navarretia breweri)
Distribution: East of the Cascades, Douglas County, Washington, south to California, east to Wyoming and Arizona
Habitat: Dry, open areas and meadows, from the foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Marigold navarretia (Navarretia tagetina)
Distribution: Klickitat County, Washington, south to California.
Habitat: Dry, open places at low elevations.
Origin: Native
Northern navarretia (Navarretia tagetina)
Distribution: Klickitat County, Washington, south to California.
Habitat: Dry, open places at low elevations.
Origin: Native
Yellow-flowered navarretia (Navarretia breweri)
Distribution: East of the Cascades, Douglas County, Washington, south to California, east to Wyoming and Arizona
Habitat: Dry, open areas and meadows, from the foothills to moderate elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Spreading nemophila (Nemophila pedunculata)
Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, south to Baja California, east to Nevada and Idaho.
Habitat: Moist, open places, like meadows and bottom lands, in the foothills and lowlands, occasionally somewhat higher.
Origin: Native
Burning nettle (Urtica urens)
Distribution: Introduced sparsely in western Washington; distributed throughout much of North America except parts of the Midwest and Intermountain West.
Habitat: Moist, disturbed soil.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Common hemp nettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)
Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to Newfoundland, south to Central Plains and Mid-Atlantic states.
Habitat: Meadows and other moist places.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
White horse nettle (Solanum elaeagnifolium)
Origin: Introduced from Mexico and E. US
Lady's nightcap (Convolvulus sepium)
Distribution: Disturbed areas, both sides of the Cascades; temperate regions worldwide.
Habitat: Disturbed areas, particularly in association with agriculture.
Origin: Introduced
American black nightshade (Solanum americanum)
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east along the southern border of the U.S. to the Atlantic Coast.
Habitat: Disturbed open areas, roadsides, waste ground.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Thickets, clearings and open woods, usually in moist soil
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Thickets, clearings and open woods, usually in moist soil
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Thickets, clearings and open woods, usually in moist soil
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Climbing nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Thickets, clearings and open woods, usually in moist soil
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Cut-leaf nightshade (Solanum triflorum)
Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; widespread throughout North America, except eastern U.S.
Habitat: Weedy native in fields and roadsides, often in undisturbed sites at low to moderate elevations.
Origin: Introduced
Deadly nightshade (Atropa bella-donna)
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Enchanter's nightshade (Circaea alpina)
Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska to Newfoundland, south (mostly in the mountains) to California and Georgia.
Habitat: Cool, damp woods, low to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Native
European black nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Fields, roadsides and other disturbed sites, especially in moister areas; often in urban and suburban areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Horned nightshade (Solanum rostratum)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington, where it is considered a noxious weed; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides and other disturbed areas, often where dry.
Origin: Introduced from central US
Silver-leaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium)
Origin: Introduced from Mexico and E. US
Mallow ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus)
Distribution: East of the Cascades, British Columbia to Oregon, east to Alberta and Montana, and south to Utah and Wyoming
Habitat: Canyons and hillsides, grasslands, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests
Origin: Native
Mallow-leaf ninebark (Physocarpus malvaceus)
Distribution: East of the Cascades, British Columbia to Oregon, east to Alberta and Montana, and south to Utah and Wyoming
Habitat: Canyons and hillsides, grasslands, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forests
Origin: Native
Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus)
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, but found chiefly on the west side; Alaska south to California, east to Alberta and Idaho.
Habitat: Moist woods and swamps in the lower mountains.
Origin: Native
Nippleseed (Plantago major)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; a cosmopolitan weed widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and other disturbed, open areas.
Origin: Introduced from Europe
Common nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, but more often west of the crest; BC to CA, scattered elsewhere in western North America, and more common in central and eastern North America.
Habitat: Disturbed areas including roadsides, wastelots, fields, and forest edge.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Nipplewort (Lapsana communis)
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington, but more often west of the crest; BC to CA, scattered elsewhere in western North America, and more common in central and eastern North America.
Habitat: Disturbed areas including roadsides, wastelots, fields, and forest edge.
Origin: Introduced from Eurasia
Jack go to bed at noon (Tragopogon pratensis)
Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.
Habitat: Roadsides, fields and waste places, usually in slightly moist areas.
Origin: Introduced
Canadian water nymph (Najas canadensis)
Origin: Native
Slender nymph (Najas flexilis)
Distribution: Distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Arizona, and across the northern half of North America.
Habitat: Fresh to slightly brackish water.
Origin: Native
Wavy water nymph (Najas flexilis)
Distribution: Distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Arizona, and across the northern half of North America.
Habitat: Fresh to slightly brackish water.
Origin: Native