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Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

Also called cream wild indigo, long-bracted wild indigo is a good indicator of former prairies, glades, and savannas. The early-blooming flowers provide food for queen bumblebees when they emerge from winter hibernation, which helps get their colonies off to a good start.

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Mimosa (Silk Tree)

Albizia julibrissin
Grown as an ornamental for its attractive pink flower clusters, its gracefully spreading branches, and its delicate leaves, this native of Asia is easily propagated and grows rapidly—unfortunately, it has become established as a weedy, invasive exotic in much of the state.

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Pencil Flower

Pencil flower is small and often overlooked. It has wiry stems, long, bristly hairs, three-parted leaves, and orangish-yellow flowers.

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Pencil Flower

Stylosanthes biflora
Pencil flower is small and often overlooked. It has wiry stems, long, bristly hairs, three-parted leaves, and orangish-yellow flowers.

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Pencil Flower

Pencil flower is the only species of Stylosanthes in Missouri. It blooms May–September. The joined stipules, which form a sheath around the leaves’ petioles and the plant stem, are a distinctive character.

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Pencil Flower

Pencil flower is scattered nearly statewide but apparently is absent from the northwestern third of the state. It can be an erect plant, or it can trail, forming a loose mat.

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Purple Prairie Clover

Purple prairie clover is a legume of prairies, glades, and other open places. Its unusual flowering heads ringed with rose-magenta flowers and its attractive foliage add special interest in the home garden.

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Purple Prairie Clover

Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
Purple prairie clover is a legume of prairies, glades, and other open places. Its unusual flowering heads ringed with rose-magenta flowers and its attractive foliage add special interest in the home garden.

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Running Buffalo Clover

Trifolium stoloniferum
Running buffalo clover spreads by sending out long, creeping runners. Now endangered, this native perennial once flourished along streams and buffalo trails throughout the grasslands of the eastern and central United States.

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Sensitive Brier (Catclaw Sensitive Brier)

Mimosa quadrivalvis (also known as Schrankia nuttallii)
This dainty-looking legume has delicate, twice-compound leaves and flower heads that look like magenta pom-poms. Some people call them "devil's shoestrings" for the long, tough stems covered with tiny thorns, which snag your feet as you walk!

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