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Spring Cress (Bitter Cress) (Flowers)

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

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Toothwort

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.

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Toothwort

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.

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Watercress

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.

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Watercress (Flowers)

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.

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Watercress Colony

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.

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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.

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