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

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. More

Hairy Rose Mallow

Photo of hairy rose mallow flower
Hibiscus lasiocarpos
Hibiscus in Missouri? You bet! Hairy rose mallow is a native perennial whose 6-inch-wide blossoms look a lot like those of its tropical relatives. The stalks can get woody and can grow to 8 feet tall. More

Hairy Vetch (Woolly Vetch; Winter Vetch)

Photo of hairy vetch flower clusters and leaves
Vicia villosa
Branching, spreading, and tangling, hairy vetch forms dense colonies along highways and other disturbed sites. This softly hairy ground-covering plant has one-sided clusters of purple pea flowers. More

Harbinger of Spring

Photo of harbinger of spring flower clusters with coin to show size
Erigenia bulbosa
Heralding a new growing season, harbinger of spring can bloom as early as January in our state. You will probably have to look closely for its small clusters. But after a long winter, what a welcome sight they are! More

Harvey’s Buttercup

Photo of Harvey's buttercup plant with flowers
Ranunculus harveyi
A slender little buttercup growing in rocky, dry areas with acidic soils, Harvey’s buttercup occurs mostly in southern Missouri. One key to identify it is to examine the basal and stem leaves, which are quite different. More

Hawthorns

Photo of hawthorn trees blooming on lawn of Missouri state capitol
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. Member of the rose family, hawthorns are closely related to apples. More

Hedge Bindweed

Photo of hedge bindweed flowers
Calystegia sepium (also Convolvulus sepium)
Instantly recognizable as a type of morning glory, hedge bindweed is common in disturbed habitats and can be a serious agricultural weed, but it is not as problematic as its relative field bindweed. More

Hedge Parsley (Field Hedge-Parsley)

Photo of hedge parsley flower clusters
Torilis arvensis
This introduced plant looks quite a bit like parsley. It was first collected in Missouri in 1909 and has become much more abundant in recent decades as it spreads along roadsides and railroads. More

Henbit

Photo of henbit plants with flowers
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. More

Hispid Buttercup (Bristly Buttercup; Swamp Buttercup)

Photo of hispid buttercup plant with flower
Ranunculus hispidus
“Hispid” is a term botanists use to describe plant hairs that are stiff, rigid, or bristly, which fits this densely hairy plant. Hispid buttercup has showy yellow flowers and is found mostly in the southern half of Missouri, usually in moist locations. More