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Photo of eastern prickly pear flowers

Eastern Prickly Pear

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.

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Eastern Prickly Pear (Pad)

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.

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Photo of an eastern redbud tree in bloom

Eastern Redbud

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.

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Eastern Redbud

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.

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Photo of eastern redbud blossoms

Eastern Redbud

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. MDC’s State Nursery offers a variety of native seedlings for sale, such as the eastern redbud, for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife food and cover.

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Photo of an eastern redbud tree growing at woodland border

Eastern Redbud

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.

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Photo of an eastern redbud tree branch covered in rose-purple blossoms

Eastern Redbud (Flowers)

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.

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Maple Seeds

Eat Your Weedies

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Wild edibles and the legacy of Frances Mathews.

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Edible Mushrooms

After you've learned to identify wild mushrooms, you're ready to start sampling some of the best eating Missouri's woods has to offer.

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Photo of Florida lettuce flower closeup with syrphid fly

Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

A true lettuce that can be eaten as a cooked or salad green, Florida lettuce has lavender to purplish blue flowers and grows statewide. Here, a syrphid fly (a bee mimic) seeks nectar or pollen from its flowers.

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