Content tagged with "spring wildflower"

Bloodroot

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Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot’s pure white petals are even more remarkable given the plant’s bright red sap. This feature, plus the unique leaf shape, make this early spring wildflower easy to identify. More

Bloodroot (Flower)

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Bloodroot blooms March–April. The flowers open before or just as the leaves start to unfurl. The flowers have 8–16 white petals of uneven size and length, and many yellow stamens. The flower is about 1¼ inch across. Because the petals are of uneven length, one often finds “square” flowers. Each flower lasts only one or two days. More

Blue False Indigo

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Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea-flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods. More

Blue False Indigo

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Baptisia australis
Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods. More

Blue False Indigo (Flower)

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The flowers of blue false indigo are showy, blue to violet, and have the typical pea-family configuration. They are arranged on upright racemes that can be 12 inches long. This species blooms May-June. More

Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

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Phlox divaricata
A common, eye-catching native spring wildflower, blue phlox is found nearly statewide. More

Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

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A common, eye-catching native spring wildflower, blue phlox, or wild sweet William, is found in forests nearly statewide. More

Blue-Eyed Grass

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It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common. More

Blue-Eyed Grass

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Sisyrinchium campestre
It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common. More

Blue-Eyed Mary

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The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are only about a half inch wide, but this pretty plant makes up for it by usually appearing in abundance, covering a patch of forest floor with little sky-blue and white “faces.” More