Plants were judged by their impact - both positive and negative - in six areas.
Out of over 100 different plants, the top 10 were chosen.
Only with winter hardy alfalfa could dairies be profitable in Minnesota.
Though ravaged by Dutch elm disease, this beautiful shade tree, native throughout the state, still graces many streets and landscapes today.
A staple food of the Ojibwe for centuries, the location of wild rice determined early human settlement in Minnesota.
White pine forests once covered more than 3.5 million acres in Minnesota, but today cover less than 100,000.
Valued at $7 billion annually, corn covers 7.3 million acres in Minnesota, making the state fourth in U.S. production.
From a sea of prairie grass to a sea of green carpet, turf and lawn grasses – predominately Kentucky bluegrass – have transformed Minnesota’s landscape.
Valued at $3 billion annually, soybeans cover 7.3 million acres in Minnesota.
Which plants changed Minnesota and transformed how we live today?
Top 10 Plants All Alfalfa American Elm Apples Corn Purple Loosestrife Soybeans Turf and Lawn Grass Wheat White Pine Wild Rice