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Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

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

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Blue-Eyed Grass

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.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

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.

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Blue-Eyed Mary

Collinsia verna
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.”

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Blue-Eyed Mary

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.”

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Blue-Eyed Mary (Flowers)

The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are 2-lipped: the upper lip is 2-lobed and white; the lower lip is 3-lobed and sky blue (rarely purple or white). This is one of the few Missouri wildflowers that is truly “blue.” Blooms April–June.

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Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

Mertensia virginica
One of our most stunning early spring wildflowers, bluebells is also a popular native plant for gardening. As with all native plant gardening, make sure you get your plants from ethical sources.

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Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

One of our most stunning early spring wildflowers, bluebells is also a popular native plant for gardening. As with all native plant gardening, make sure you get your plants from ethical sources.

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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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