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Photo of hawthorn trees blooming on lawn of Missouri state capitol

Hawthorns

Various species in the genus Crataegus
Our state flower, the hawthorn, is solidly represented in Missouri. There are about 100 different kinds of hawthorns that occupy almost every kind of soil in every part of the state. These members of the rose family are closely related to apples.

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Photo of henbit plants with flowers

Henbit

Henbit always draws attention in early spring when it blasts entire fields with the pinkish-purple of its flowers. A non-native weed that spreads abundantly, it causes few problems because it has shallow roots and fades before crops begin to grow.

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Photo of henbit plants with flowers

Henbit

Lamium amplexicaule
Henbit always draws attention in early spring when it blasts entire fields with the pinkish-purple of its flowers. A non-native weed that spreads abundantly, it causes few problems because it has shallow roots and fades before crops begin to grow.

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In Search of Wild Raspberries

Last weekend was the perfect time to stroll along the edge of the woods for two reasons.

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Index to Edible Uses

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Edible use index.

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Index to Plants

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Plant index.

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Photo of Jack-in-the-pulpit plant showing foliage and flowering structure

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum
Preacher Jack in his “pulpit” is sheltered by the canopylike spathe, which is green with white and brown lengthwise markings. An unforgettable spring wildflower, Jack-in-the-pulpit is common throughout the state.

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Photo of Jack-in-the-pulpit plant showing foliage and flowering structure

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Preacher Jack in his “pulpit” is sheltered by the canopylike spathe, which is green with white and brown lengthwise markings. An unforgettable spring wildflower, Jack-in-the-pulpit is common throughout the state.

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Photo of Jack-in-the-pulpit ripe red fruit cluster

Jack-In-The-Pulpit (Fruits)

Jack-in-the-pulpit fruits are clustered berries that turn from shiny green to brilliant scarlet. The foliage usually has withered away by the time the fruits ripen, and without leaves, they are indistinguishable from those of the closely related green dragon.

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Photo of the upper portions of two Jerusalem artichoke plants.

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke is a tall native sunflower with edible tubers and great crop potential, but it has never been very big commercially. Fortunately, we can enjoy it for free in nature.

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