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

Lead Plant

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Amorpha canescens
Lead plant is a densely hairy small shrub producing tight, elongated spikes of small purple flowers from May through August. It grows in prairies, glades, and savannas. More

Leaf Cup (Pale-Flowered Leaf Cup)

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Polymnia canadensis
The name of this plant refers to the curious leafy appendages that wrap around the stem at the bases of the opposite leaves. A member of the daisy or sunflower family, leaf cup has about 8 white ray florets surrounding yellow disk florets. More

Leafy Spurge

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Euphorbia esula
When you consider the negative effects this plant has on natural habitats, and how hard it is to control or eradicate, you almost want to rename it “leafy scourge”! This invasive plant is spreading in our state. Learn how to identify it. More

Limber Honeysuckle (Wild Honeysuckle; Red Honeysuckle)

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Lonicera dioica
This native Missouri honeysuckle is uncommon and widely scattered in the state, but it does well as a trellis vine in the native landscape garden. Identify it by its crowded clusters of tubular, yellow or greenish-yellow flowers, tinged with red, purple, or pink, that are noticeably enlarged on one side at the base. More

Liverleaf (Round-Lobed Hepatica)

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Anemone americana (formerly Hepatica nobilis var. obtusa)
The curious name "liverleaf" comes from the look of the lobed leaves in winter, which turn reddish brown, the color of raw liver. The common name "hepatica" amounts to the same thing, for it also means "liver" (as in "hepatitis"). More

Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

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Baptisia bracteata (formerly B. leucophaea)
Long-bracted wild indigo flowers April–June, while the surrounding vegetation is still short. Its racemes of creamy-white pea flowers mature into oval pods with tapering beaks. More

Long-Leaved Bluets (Slender-Leaved Bluets)

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Houstonia longifolia (sometimes called Hedyotis longifolia)
The petals of long-leaved bluets are not blue; they are white, often tinged with pink. Look for it in rocky, open Ozark woods, prairies, glades, and old fields in the southeastern half of the state. It prefers acid soils. More

Mayapple (Mandrake)

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Podophyllum peltatum
Often growing in colonies, mayapple is a common spring wildflower that makes its biggest impression with its leaves, which resemble umbrellas arising from a single stalk. The whitish, waxy flowers form beneath the leaves, at the axil where the stalk splits into leaves. More

Meadow Parsnip

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Thaspium trifoliatum
One of our more challenging plants to identify, meadow parsnip looks an awful lot like golden Alexanders. But you can do it! Look closely at the flower clusters and at the edges of the leaves, and then check the seeds. More

Mead’s Milkweed

Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves
Asclepias meadii
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri. More