Content tagged with "wild edible"

Eastern Prickly Pear

Photo of eastern prickly pear plant with flowers
Eastern prickly pear is scattered throughout Missouri. It grows in sunny, dry places: rocky areas of upland prairies, sand prairies, glades, tops and exposed ledges of bluffs, and rocky stream terraces; also pastures, roadsides, railroads, and open, disturbed areas. More

Eastern Prickly Pear

Photo of eastern prickly pear plant with flowers
Opuntia humifusa (formerly O. compressa)
Cacti make us think of the desert southwest, but there is at least one species native to Missouri. This prickly pear grows in glades, sand prairies, rocky open hillsides, and other dry, sun-soaked areas. More

Eastern Prickly Pear

Photo of eastern prickly pear plant with flowers
Cacti make us think of the desert southwest, but there is at least one species native to Missouri. This prickly pear grows in glades, sand prairies, rocky open hillsides, and other dry, sun-soaked areas. More

Eastern Prickly Pear

Photo of eastern prickly pear flowers
The flowers of eastern prickly pear are numerous, yellow, with many similar-looking sepals and petals, the innermost often with an orange splotch, to 3 inches across, with many stamens. It blooms May–July. More

Eastern Prickly Pear (Pad)

Photo of eastern prickly pear closeup on pad with areoles
The green pads of prickly pear cacti are technically the thickened, flattened stems. New pads have tiny, soft, conical protuberances that are the true leaves; these persist only briefly before drying and falling off. At the base of each leaf is a cluster of 1-6 spines plus many tiny, hairlike bristles that are very difficult to remove from the skin once they are embedded. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of an eastern redbud tree in bloom
Eastern redbud is a favorite small, spring-flowering landscaping tree. In fall the leaves turn yellow or greenish yellow. Many people find the pods attractive as well. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of eastern redbud blossoms
Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of eastern redbud blossoms
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of an eastern redbud tree growing at woodland border
Redbud grows statewide, in open woodland, borders of woods, dolomite glades, and along rocky streams and bluffs; also found in landscape plantings. In the wild, it is generally an understory tree. More

Eastern Redbud (Flowers)

Photo of an eastern redbud tree branch covered in rose-purple blossoms
In spring, redbud’s clusters of small, rose-purple flowers cover the bare branches. It blooms in late March to early May. Note that the petals of the flowers are in the typical pea-family configuration. The flowers are edible and can be eaten in salads, either raw or pickled; in Mexico, they are fried. More