This aerial photo shows part of Franklin Island Conservation Area (CA), which is located in Howard County. Franklin Island CA is part of the Riverlands CA, a series of six publicly owned or managed properties on both sides of the Missouri River between river miles 110 and 195. A draft plan for the Riverlands CAs is available for public review from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.
The only non-climbing clematis in the state, Fremont’s leather flower is a shrubby perennial with bell-shaped flowers. It grows on open glades in the eastern part of Missouri and in southwestern Missouri’s Ozark County.
One of Missouri’s five types of echinacea, glade coneflower is distinguished by its yellow pollen, drooping pink or purple ray flowers, and narrow, tapering leaves. Look for it in the eastern Ozarks, and at native plant nurseries!
Goat’s beard is named for its bold, branching, plumelike clusters of flowers. Look for it growing in rich soils in low woods and north-facing slopes, bases of bluffs, and other moist places in the southeastern half of our state.
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