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Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Commelina communis
The flowers of dayflower are truly blue, and they have only two conspicuous petals. A fast-growing, sprawling, but shallow-rooted weed, this introduced species commonly annoys gardeners.

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Common Ground Cherry (Flower)

The flowers of ground cherry typically hang downward like bells. They arise singly from the leaf axils and are about 1 inch long, sulphur to lemon yellow, with the inner surface with 5 purplish spots or smudges toward the base that are sometimes merged into a ring. It blooms May–September.

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Common Ground Cherry (Fruit With Husk Partly Removed)

Ground cherry is closely related to tomatillo; they are in the same genus, and both have edible berries covered by a papery husk. The tart berries start out green, turn yellow, and fall to the ground. Discard the husks and make jam, jelly, or pie, or eat the berries fresh.

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Common Ground Cherry (Long-Leaved Groundcherry; Wild Tomatillo)

Physalis longifolia
You’ve seen tomatillos in the grocery store, and you’ve probably enjoyed a delicious salsa verde at a Mexican restaurant. Common ground cherry is closely related to the tomatillo, and its fruits are edible, too.

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Common Ground Cherry (Plants With Fruits)

You’ve seen tomatillos in the grocery store, and you’ve probably enjoyed a delicious salsa verde at a Mexican restaurant. Common ground cherry is closely related to the tomatillo, and its fruits are edible, too.

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Common Ground Cherry (Spent Flower With Immature Fruit)

There are 13 Physalis species recorded for Missouri. All share the characteristic balloonlike, papery husk around the berry, which is why these plants are called “husk tomatoes.”

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Corn Salad

At first glance, you might overlook corn salad, except for the large colonies it often forms. The young leaves can be eaten as a salad green, hence the name.

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Corn Salad

The flowers of corn salad are minute and form in a fascinating platform-like cluster. Each flower is funnel-shaped, with 5 white lobes. It blooms April–May. This plant was growing in a prairie in Benton County, but corn salad grows in many other types of open habitat, too.

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Corn Salad

Valerianella radiata
At first glance, you might overlook corn salad, except for the large colonies it often forms. The young leaves can be eaten as a salad green, hence the name.

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Dewberry

Dewberry is a lot like common blackberry, except that instead of being a small shrub, its canes form trailing woody vines. Both plants are prickly, and both produce delicious deep purple berries!

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