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Blue Vervain

Blue vervain is a tall, slender, erect perennial with branching stems and rough hairs. Flowers in many terminal spikes, deep purple, violet, light lavender, or rarely white. The flowers are tubular, 5-lobed, opening from the base of the spikes upward.

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Blue Vervain (Flowers)

Blue vervain flowers are most commonly deep purple, violet, or light lavender. They are arranged on spikes and open from the base of the spike upward. Blue vervain blooms June-October and is used as a native garden plant.

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Blue Vervain Plant

Blue vervain occurs in low, wet places, streamsides, sloughs, lakes, wet prairies, pastures, and woodlands; also wet ledges of bluffs, railroads, roadsides, and waste places. In Missouri, it is most common north of the Missouri River and in our central and western counties, and scattered in the Ozarks.

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Blue Vervain Stem

The stems of blue vervain are square and the leaves are opposite, on short but distinct petioles, quite variable in shape, rough-hairy, coarsely double-toothed, to 5 inches long.

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Brown-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba
Brown-eyed Susan is a bushy perennial with much-branching stems and plenty of flowerheads. Compared to Missouri’s other Rudbeckia species, its flowerheads are the smallest, growing to only about one inch across.

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Brown-Eyed Susan

Brown-eyed Susan is a bushy perennial with much-branching stems. It blooms June–November.

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Brown-Eyed Susan (Flowers)

The flowerheads of brown-eyed Susan are numerous and are much smaller than other Rudbeckia species, reaching only about 1 inch across.

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Buffalo Bur (Flower and Leaves)

A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family.

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Buffalo Bur (Fruits and Leaf)

The burlike prickles on the fruits of buffalo bur cause them to become attached to animal fur. This enables them to be dispersed away from the parent plant.

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Buffalo Bur (Kansas Thistle)

Solanum rostratum
A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family.

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