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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)

Lactuca floridana
A true lettuce that can be eaten as a cooked or salad green, Florida lettuce has lavender to purplish blue flowers and grows statewide.

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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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Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata
Because each plant disperses a large number of seeds, garlic mustard can outcompete native vegetation for light, moisture, nutrients, soil, and space as it quickly colonizes an area.

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Garlic Mustard

Because each plant disperses a large number of seeds, garlic mustard can out compete native vegetation for light, moisture, nutrients, soil, and space as it quickly colonizes an area.

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Garlic Mustard (Flowers)

Garlic mustard, an invasive plant, blooms May through June. The flowers are numerous, small, white, 1/4 inch across, and are borne in a terminal raceme at the apex of the stem and also at some leaf axils. Each flower has 4 white petals that narrow abruptly at the base.

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