Content tagged with "summer wildflower"

American Lotus

Photo of lotus in pool at Duck Creek CA
Nelumbo lutea
American lotus is an aquatic plant with circular leaves that are held above water. The large yellow flowers have an interesting showerhead-like disk at the center. More

American Lotus (Floating Leaf)

Photo of American lotus, young floating circular leaf
American lotus is an aquatic plant that can cover large areas. The leaves are blue green, circular, without a V-shaped notch, extremely variable in size, to 2 feet wide, and can shed water. The stem is attached in the center. They are normally held above the water level on long stems, though young leaves float. More

American Water Willow

Photo of American water willow closeup on flowers
Justicia americana
American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids. More

American Water Willow

Photo of American water willow showing plant with flowers
American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids. More

American Water Willow (Flowers)

Photo of American water willow closeup on flowers
The flowers of water willow are nothing like the catkins of true willows. They are clustered into headlike groups and are about ¾ inch long with a notched upper lip and a 3-lobed lower lip. The upper lip is light purple, rarely white; the lower lip white or pale purple with purple markings. It blooms May through October. More

Bastard Toadflax (False Toadflax)

Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers
Bastard toadflax is a perennial herb with yellowish-green foliage and smooth, upright stems. It grows and flowers on dry or rocky uplands, glades, and prairies, under the hottest conditions, May through July. More

Bastard Toadflax (False Toadflax)

Photo of bastard toadflax, or false toadflax, plant with flowers
The flowers of bastard toadflax are whitish or cream-colored and grow in small, flattened clusters at the tops of stalks. The leaves are narrow, oblong, alternate, stalkless, to 1½ inches long, and yellowish green on both sides. The plant usually only grows to 1 foot high. More

Bastard Toadflax (False Toadflax)

Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers
Comandra umbellata (formerly C. richardsiana)
Despite its coarse-sounding name, bastard toadflax is one of the hundreds of wildflowers that bejewel our native prairies. A perennial herb with yellowish-green foliage and smooth, upright stems, it grows and flowers under the hottest conditions. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers
Monarda bradburiana (sometimes called M. russeliana)
Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, beebalm is a showy, fragrant plant that is a favorite of native plant gardeners. It’s also a favorite of Missouri’s butterflies! More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers
The flowers of Bradbury beebalm are often white or pale lavender with purple spots. Note the unbranching stems and the sessile (stalkless) leaves. Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, this showy, fragrant plant is a favorite of native plant gardeners. More