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

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Goat’s Beard

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.

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Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

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.

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Golden Aster (Camphorweed; Hairy Golden Aster)

Heterotheca camporum (syn. Chrysopsis villosa var. camporum)
Golden aster can cover entire valleys with its bright yellow flowers. It blooms June through October and is scattered mostly south of the Missouri River.

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Golden Seal

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.

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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.

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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.

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All true grasses (species in the grass family).
Missouri has 276 species in the grass family, including well-known crop plants and our native prairie grasses. Distinguishing between the species can be difficult, but it’s easy to learn some basics about the group.

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

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.

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Green Dragon

Arisaema dracontium
What could be cooler than finding a green dragon? This leafy green plant with a long, noodly spadix is a close relative of Jack-in-the-pulpit. It is found in the same habitats but is less common and less commonly seen.

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Ground Plum (Milk Vetch; Buffalo Pea)

Astragalus crassicarpus (formerly A. mexicanus)
Ground plum is a legume that bears plumlike, edible fruits. Its short, spikelike clusters of pea flowers can be white, cream, yellow, pink, or violet.

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