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Photo of a celestial lily, with insects visiting the flower.

Celestial Lily (Prairie Pleatleaf Iris)

Bees, flies, and other insects gather nectar from the flowers, pollinating them in the process. Celestial lily is not common but is sometimes found in large colonies on glades in the shade of eastern red cedars or Ashe’s junipers.

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Chinese Yam

Dioscorea oppositifolia (sometimes called D. batatas)
Similar to kudzu, Chinese yam is an aggressive vine that overtakes nearly everything within reach that stands still long enough! Learn more about this invasive plant—and please don’t plant it!

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Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils

Chinese Yam (Bulbils and Leaves)

New vines quickly sprout from the bulbils of Chinese yam. These drop off the vine and are carried to new locations by water or rodents or in topsoil moved for construction purposes. Even a small piece of a bulbil will sprout into a new vine, the way a small piece of a potato can create a new plant. The bulbils can overwinter and form new vines in spring.

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Chinese Yam (Bulbils)

Although Chinese yam is not known to produce seed in the United States, it produces bulbils, which resemble tiny Irish potatoes and are not technically fruits, in the leaf axils.

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Chinese Yam (Leaves)

The leaves of Chinese yam are usually opposite (sometimes alternate toward branch tips), green, with 7-9 parallel veins, fiddle-shaped or heart-shaped, with pointed tip and two lobes near the base of the leaf.

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Chinese Yam (New Growth)

The new growth of Chinese yam often has a reddish coloration at the base of the leaves.

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Chinese Yam Infestation

Similar to kudzu, Chinese yam is an aggressive vine that overtakes nearly everything within reach that stands still long enough! Learn more about this invasive plant—and please don’t plant it!

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Clasping Venus’ Looking Glass

Clasping Venus' looking glass is a single-stemmed plant with purple or blue star-shaped flowers and bluntly toothed, alternate leaves that clasp the stem. It's scattered statewide in a variety of habitats and blooms May-June.

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Clasping Venus’ Looking Glass

Triodanis perfoliata (formerly Specularia perfoliata)
Clasping Venus' looking glass is a single-stemmed plant with purple or blue star-shaped flowers and bluntly toothed, alternate leaves that clasp the stem. It's scattered statewide in a variety of habitats and blooms May-June.

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Cleavers (Bedstraw; Goose Grass)

Cleavers is called “bedstraw” because early settlers used the dried, lightweight, pleasantly aromatic “straw” to fill bedding. When dried and roasted, the fruits have been used as a coffee substitute; it is said to be one of the better-tasting coffee substitutes from North America.

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