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Slender Mountain Mint

Photo of slender mountain mint flowers
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Slender mountain mint has smooth, square stems, opposite, narrow leaves, and dense heads of 2-lipped white (or lavender) flowers. Aromatic and minty, it can be grown at home in the herb garden, and its leaves used for seasoning food. More

Slender Mountain Mint (Blooming)

Photo of slender mountain mint blooming
When slender mountain mint opens its flowers, each has the typical, two-lipped mint configuration: The upper lip is not lobed, and the lower lip has three lobes. The petals are white or pale lavender, often with little purple spots. More

Slender Mountain Mint (In Bud)

Photo of slender mountain mint flower clusters in bud
Even in bud, slender mountain mint catches your eye. It has tightly packed heads of pointed white buds, with long, pointed, nearly linear bracts below the heads. It blooms June–September. More

Smooth Spiderwort

Photo of smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies
Tradescantia ohiensis
Smooth spiderwort is the most common and widely distributed of Missouri's spiderworts. It has slender, straight or zigzag stems. The long, narrow leaves are folded lengthwise and attach to the stem in a thick node. The 3 petals of the triangular flower are blue, rose, purple, lavender, or white. More

Smooth Spiderwort

Photo of smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies
Each spiderwort flower is open for just one day. Many insects, like the beelike syrphid flies shown here, pollinate spiderwort. Since each flower is open for just one day, and usually closes before noon, the pollinators have to work quickly. More

Smooth Spiderwort (Flowers)

Photo of smooth spiderwort flower cluster
Smooth spider has 3 petals, which are blue, rose, purple, lavender, or (rarely) white; the overall shape of the flower is triangular, about ¾–1½ inches across. The stamens are bearded and fluffy. The flower clusters are subtended by 1 or 2 leaves similar to the rest of the leaves—long, narrow, folded lengthwise, and clasping the stem in a thick node. More

Smooth Spiderwort (Side View)

Photo of smooth spiderwort from side showing structure of flower cluster
Smooth spiderwort is named for the smoothness of its foliage; it typically lacks hairs on the vegetative parts. Each flower is open for a day. When it closes, it droops down, making room in the flower cluster for new buds to bloom the following day. More

Smooth Sumac

photo of a Smooth Sumac seed head
Rhus glabra
This colony-forming shrub is most noticeable in early autumn, because it is one of the first plants to turn color—and boy, can it turn a brilliant red! If you're into wild edibles, you'll want to learn to identify smooth sumac, so you can make drinks and jellies from the clusters of fuzzy red berries. More

Spiderwort

Photo of blooming spiderwort plants
There are 8 species of spiderworts in Missouri, plus several documented hybrids that display characteristics of more than one species. Smooth spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) hybridizes with nearly all of them, and it is the commonest and most widely distributed of Missouri’s spiderworts. More

Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

Photo of spring cress flower clusters
For a plant in the mustard family, spring cress bears rather showy flowers. They are visited by a variety of insects, which gather nectar and often pollinate the plant, too. Nearly all the members of the mustard family, including broccoli and radishes, have flowers with four petals. More