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Photo of limber honeysuckle flowers

Limber Honeysuckle (Wild Honeysuckle; Red Honeysuckle)

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.

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Liverleaf (Round-Lobed Hepatica)

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").

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Long-Bracted Wild Indigo

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.

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Long-Leaved Bluets (Slender-Leaved Bluets)

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.

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Photo of mayapple colony looking like numerous green umbrellas on forest floor

Mayapple (Mandrake)

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.

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Meadow Parsnip

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.

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Photo of Mead's milkweed flower cluster and upper stem leaves

Mead’s Milkweed

Asclepias meadii
Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant, once flourished in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwestern United States, including most of Missouri.

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Photo of Michigan lily, or Turk’s cap lily, closeup of flower

Michigan Lily (Turk’s Cap Lily)

Lilium michiganense
This native lily looks a lot like the Asian “tiger lily” that is commonly cultivated in gardens. Michigan lily, however, has leaves mostly in whorls and lacks the round “bulblets” that tiger lily forms in its leaf axils.

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Midwestern Arrowhead (Duck Potato; Wapato)

Sagittaria brevirostra
An attractive aquatic plant with erect, arrow-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers, Midwestern arrowhead is often called duck potato because ducks, geese, and swans relish the tuberlike rootstocks.

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Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers

Missouri Bladderpod

Physaria filiformis (formerly Lesquerella filiformis)
Missouri bladderpod is a small, yellow-flowered member of the mustard family that is found only in southwest Missouri. It gets its name from the spherical fruits or “bladders” that contain seeds.

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