Content tagged with "spring wildflower"

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

Blue-Eyed Mary (Flowers)

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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. More

Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

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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. More

Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

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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. More

Buffalo Bur (Flower and Leaves)

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A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family. More

Buffalo Bur (Fruits and Leaf)

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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. More

Buffalo Bur (Kansas Thistle)

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Solanum rostratum
A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family. More

Buffalo Bur (Plant with Flowers and Fruits)

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Buffalo bur is scattered nearly statewide. It occurs on banks of streams and rivers, disturbed portions of upland prairies, pastures, farmyards, roadsides, and other open, disturbed places. More

Buffalo Bur (Stems)

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The feet of livestock (and people!) can be injured by the spiny prickles of buffalo bur. Grazing animals’ mouths can be damaged by the spines, too. More

Butterfly Pea

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Butterfly pea is a low, shrubby, or twining perennial in the pea family, with showy, butterfly-like flowers. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. This species grows in the southern parts of Missouri, in acid soils. More