Content tagged with "fall wildflower"

Closed Gentian (Bottle Gentian)

Photo of closed gentian flowers
Gentiana andrewsii
Closed gentian, a wildflower of moist prairies, never opens—it stays closed and budlike throughout the pollination process. How is it pollinated? Bumblebees push their way into the flowers! More

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Photo of common dayflower showing flowers and wet foliage.
Common dayflower is usually considered a weed, but a few people do cultivate it as an ornamental. In Asia, it is cooked and eaten as a green vegetable. In the 18th and 19th centuries, blue pigment from the flowers was used to color many of Japan’s famous woodblock prints. More

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.
The flowers of common dayflower are truly blue, and they have only two conspicuous petals. A fast-growing, sprawling, but shallow-rooted weed, this introduced species commonly annoys gardeners. More

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.
Commelina communis
The flowers of dayflower are truly blue, and they have only two conspicuous petals. A fast-growing, sprawling, but shallow-rooted weed, this introduced species commonly annoys gardeners. More

Common Evening Primrose

Photo of common evening primrose, closeup of flowers.
Oenothera biennis
True to its name, common evening primrose is the most common and widespread evening primrose in Missouri. It is most noticeable late in the season, when it reaches its greatest height and the flowers at the top are most visible. More

Common Evening Primrose

Photo of common evening primrose plants blooming in a field.
True to its name, common evening primrose is the most common and widespread evening primrose in Missouri. Look for it in fields, prairies, waste places, and roadsides. It is most noticeable late in the season, when it can be holding its flowers 6 feet in the air. More

Common Evening Primrose (First-Year Leaves)

Photo of common evening primrose, basal rosette of first-year leaves.
Common evening primrose is a biennial plant, growing as a rosette of basal leaves the first year, and sending up a flowering stalk, setting seed, and then dying, the next. More

Common Evening Primrose (Flowers)

Photo of common evening primrose, closeup of flowers.
Common evening primrose has several to many flowers, arranged in terminal racemes. The flowers are light yellow, 4-petaled, and subtended by narrow, recurved bracts. The petals are rounded. It blooms June–October. More

Common Gerardia (Slender Gerardia; Slender False Foxglove)

Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers
Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
Common gerardia is a small, showy wildflower identified by its slender, opposite leaves and thin, wiry, branching stems. The small, funnel-shaped blossoms are pink or purple, with an upper lip that arches over the 4 hairy stamens. More

Common Gerardia (Slender Gerardia; Slender False Foxglove)

Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers
Common gerardia is a small, showy wildflower identified by its slender, opposite leaves and thin, wiry, branching stems. The small, funnel-shaped blossoms are pink or purple, with an upper lip that arches over the 4 hairy stamens. More