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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa
This bright orange milkweed is a favorite nectar plant for butterflies, and the leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. One of our showiest native wildflowers, butterfly weed is also a favorite of gardeners.

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Butterfly Weed (Flowers)

The flowers of butterfly weed are massively displayed in terminal umbels (umbrella-like clusters with stalks all arising from the tip of the stem). They can be many shades of orange to brick-red, and occasionally yellow. A close look at the individual flowers shows they have the same unique structure as other milkweeds.

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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis
If you're looking for a splash of bright red for a wet place in your yard, this long-blooming Missouri native wildflower might be the plant you're looking for. The rest of us enjoy cardinal flower along streams and rivers, in bottomland forests, in ditches by roads, and in other wet places.

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Cardinal Flower

A Missouri native with exceptional landscaping potential, cardinal flower has been named a Plant of Merit for St. Louis and other regional gardeners. The red flowers of this species are attractive to hummingbirds, which are probably the major pollinators. Butterflies visit the flowers, too.

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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower, a type of lobelia, grows in wet places: along rivers and streams, in openings of bottomland forests, ditches, sloughs, swamps, and lakes. It’s also found in cultivation, where it prefers rich, humusy, medium to wet soils and partial shade.

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Carolina False Dandelion

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
One of several native plants called dandelions, Carolina false dandelion is an annual with sulphur yellow flowers and puffy seedheads.

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Carolina False Dandelion (Basal Leaves)

The basal leaves of Carolina false dandelion are either entire or pinnatifid (like dandelion leaves), and they often have disappeared by flowering time.

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Carolina False Dandelion (Flowerhead)

The flowerheads of Carolina false dandelion are usually solitary, terminal, like those of dandelion but bright sulphur yellow. The inner florets appear dark-flecked from brownish fused anther bases, which surround the style and stigma. It blooms May–October.

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Chicory (Blue Sailors)

Cichorium intybus
In summer and fall, the pretty blue flowers of chicory decorate roadsides and other disturbed areas. This weedy member of the aster family was introduced from Europe long ago. Its roots have been used as a coffee substitute.

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Chicory (Blue Sailors)

In summer and fall, the pretty blue flowers of chicory decorate roadsides and other disturbed areas. This weedy member of the aster family was introduced from Europe long ago. Its roots have been used as a coffee substitute.

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