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Photo of a dense stand of common cattail plants

Common Cattail (Broad-Leaved Cattail)

Common cattail, or broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia), like other cattails, spreads from thick, fleshy rhizomes and from the thousands of fluffy seeds released when the flower spike disintegrates. Because of their rapid growth and tendency to collect soil around their roots, cattails can fill in shallow ponds and other wet areas.

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Common Cattail (Broad-Leaved Cattail)

Common cattail, or broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia), has flat leaves to 1 inch wide and usually reaches 8 feet high. The male and female flower sections are close together (the stalk isn’t visible above the brown sausagelike section and beneath the yellowish pollen-bearing section).

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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 Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Common dayflower is usually considered a weed, but a few people do cultivate it as an ornamental. In Asia, it is cooked and eaten as a green vegetable. In the 18th and 19th centuries, blue pigment from the flowers was used to color many of Japan’s famous woodblock prints.

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Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

The flowers of common 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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