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Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

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Like many of its relatives in the mustard family, spring cress has a bitter or pungent flavor, similar to horseradish. It is sometimes used as a condiment and in salads. Or you could just enjoy the pretty white flowers! More

Spring Cress (Bitter Cress) (Flowers)

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The flowers of spring cress are small, 4-petaled, white, terminal, and in small clusters. It blooms March–June. More

Toothwort

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Also called cutleaf of cut-leaved toothwort, this member of the mustard family blooms March–May in wooded slopes and valleys. The sharply toothed, deeply lobed leaves are distinctive. The bright white, 4-petaled flowers shine at forest visitors. More

Toothwort

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Cardamine concatenata (formerly Dentaria laciniata)
Also called cutleaf of cut-leaved toothwort, this member of the mustard family blooms March–May in wooded slopes and valleys. The sharply toothed, deeply lobed leaves are distinctive. The bright white, 4-petaled flowers shine at forest visitors. More

Watercress

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Nasturtium officinale (syn. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
Spring branches and streams in the Ozarks are decorated with large colonies of these plants, which can grow like thick green garlands in the water. It has a long history of use as a salad green, and it is cultivated to sell to gourmet cooks. If you collect watercress from the wild, make sure to wash it thoroughly. More

Watercress (Flowers)

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Watercress flowers are minute and massed at the tips of stems. They have 4 tiny petals that are white, sometimes tinged with lavender. Watercress blooms April–October. More

Watercress Colony

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Watercress can grow as a submerged, floating, or emergent plant. So in addition to the garlands of it growing in spring branches and streams, large colonies can also grow on stream banks (especially when stranded by a receding waterline) and in fens, marshes, and ditches. More

Wild Plum

wild plum
Prunus americana
There are several species of plums growing wild in Missouri, but this is one of the most common. A shrub or small tree with clusters of white flowers in the spring, and small red or yellow fruits in mid- to late summer, it’s a popular tree for landscaping. More