Content tagged with "Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants"

Garlic Mustard

Photo of garlic mustard plant with flowers
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. More

Geocarpon (Earth Fruit; Tiny Tim)

Photo of a geocarpon plant showing stems and foliage
Geocarpon minimum
Geocarpon is a minute, inconspicuous plant found almost exclusively on sandstone glade outcrops. Extremely rare, it is a Species of Conservation Concern. It is related to carnations! Efforts are being made to keep this unique plant from disappearing from our state. More

Giant Ragweed (Horse Weed; Great Ragweed; Buffalo Weed)

Photo of a giant ragweed plant.
Ambrosia trifida
Large stands of wind-pollinated giant ragweed commonly form in disturbed areas, causing late-summer misery in the form of hay fever for many Missourians. More

Glade Coneflower

Photo of glade coneflower flowerhead showing yellow pollen
Echinacea simulata
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! More

Goat’s Beard

Photo of goat's beard plant with flower clusters
Aruncus dioicus
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. More

Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

Photo of goat's rue showing flower cluster
Tephrosia virginiana
Two-colored flowers of pink and light yellow make goat's rue easy to identify. Look for this legume in rocky, open woods, savannas, prairies, glades, and fields. More

Golden Seal

Photo of golden seal plant with flower
Hydrastis canadensis
Large, crinkled, palmately 5-lobed leaves distinguish golden seal, which occurs in moist woods in the Ozarks and Central Missouri. Populations have been declining due to root diggers. More


Photo of tall goldenrod plant with flowers
Solidago species (over 20 species in Missouri)
There are more than 20 species of goldenrods in Missouri. Sometimes they’re a little hard to “identify to species.” As a group, however, the goldenrods are common and nearly unmistakable. More

Grape Honeysuckle

Lonicera reticulata (formerly L. prolifera)
One of Missouri's beautiful native honeysuckles, grape honeysuckle is found mainly in the northern two-thirds of the state. In the native plant garden, it is easy to grow, but it is not aggressive like the introduced invasive Japanese honeysuckle. More

Gray-Headed Coneflower (Grayhead Prairie Coneflower; Drooping Coneflower)

Photo of several grayhead prairie coneflowers with sky in background
Ratibida pinnata
The “disk” of gray-headed coneflower is an inch-long, round knob. It starts off gray, but as the disk florets open and bloom, it turns brown. It grows almost statewide in prairies, glades, pastures, fencerows, and roadsides. More