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Photo of lotus in pool at Duck Creek CA

American Lotus

Nelumbo lutea
American lotus is an aquatic plant with circular leaves that are held above water. The large yellow flowers have an interesting showerhead-like disk at the center.

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American Lotus (Floating Leaf)

American lotus is an aquatic plant that can cover large areas. The leaves are blue green, circular, without a V-shaped notch, extremely variable in size, to 2 feet wide, and can shed water. The stem is attached in the center. They are normally held above the water level on long stems, though young leaves float.

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Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

The flowers of Bradbury beebalm are often white or pale lavender with purple spots. Note the unbranching stems and the sessile (stalkless) leaves. Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, this showy, fragrant plant is a favorite of native plant gardeners.

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Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pinkish flowers

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Bradbury beebalm is a clump-forming perennial with square, unbranched stems. All parts of the plant have a pleasant aroma. Flowers normally in 1 terminal cluster, subtended by many small leaves that frequently are rose-purple. The flowers themselves vary from white to lavender to pinkish.

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Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Monarda bradburiana (sometimes called M. russeliana)
Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, beebalm is a showy, fragrant plant that is a favorite of native plant gardeners. It’s also a favorite of Missouri’s butterflies!

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Photo of beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster

Beefsteak Plant

Introduced from Asia as an ornamental, beefsteak plant is common in moist or dry wooded bottomlands, open valley pastures, and along trails, railroads, and roadsides. It is edible, and red forms of it are often grown in herb gardens.

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Beefsteak Plant (Wild Basil; Rattlesnake Weed; Shiso)

Perilla frutescens
Introduced as an ornamental, this native of Asia is common in moist or dry wooded bottomlands, open valley pastures, and along trails, railroads, and roadsides. Beefsteak plant is edible, and red forms of it are often grown in herb gardens.

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Photo of black mustard flower cluster

Black Mustard

Brassica nigra
Next time you breeze past weedy black mustard on the highway or spot it in a fallow field, think of how important this and other mustards are to the world economy – and to your dinner table.

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Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

Bull Thistle

Cirsium vulgare
Bull thistle is a weedy introduction from Europe, found statewide. To tell it from our other thistles, note its stems with spiny-margined wings, and its leaves with the upper surface strongly roughened with stiff, spiny bristles.

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Photo of bull thistle, a spiny thistle with a pink flowerhead

Bull Thistle

Bull thistle is a weedy introduction from Europe, found statewide. To tell it from our other thistles, note its stems with spiny-margined wings, and its leaves with the upper surface strongly roughened with stiff, spiny bristles.

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