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

Michigan Lily (Turk’s Cap Lily)

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

Midwestern Arrowhead (Duck Potato; Wapato)

Photo of midwestern arrowhead male flowers and buds.
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. More

Missouri Bladderpod

Photo of Missouri bladderpod flowers
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. More

Missouri Evening Primrose

Photo of Missouri evening primrose flower with river in distance
Oenothera macrocarpa (formerly Oenothera missouriensis)
The yellow flowers of Missouri evening primrose crown limestone bluffs in the Ozarks and sprawl along the tops of rocky road cuts, sweetening highway trips in the southern part of the state. It is an excellent and hardy native garden plant, too! More

Mist Flower (Wild Ageratum; Blue Boneset)

Photo of mist flower or wild ageratum plants with flowers
Conoclinium coelestinum (formerly Eupatorium coelestinum)
Mist flower, or wild ageratum, is a vigorous native perennial bearing fluffy-looking, bluish-purple flowerheads. It looks quite a bit like the annual ageratum that is sold as a bedding plant in garden centers. More

Moth Mullein

Photo of moth mullein flowers
Verbascum blattaria
Moth mullein is a native of Eurasia introduced to our continent in the early 1800s. Since then, it has spread across North America. It’s named because the fuzzy flower, with 2 antennalike stamens, looks something like a moth. More

Mullein (Flannel Plant)

Photo of mullein basal leaves
Verbascum thapsus
Mullein immigrated to America along with Europeans, and like them it has spread across the continent. Its fuzzy, green-gray rosettes of leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers make it easy to identify. More

Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

Photo of musk thistle flowerheads showing purplish florets and nodding habit
Carduus nutans
An invasive native of Eurasia that is spreading in Missouri, musk thistle is a plant you should know. Learn how to tell the difference between our native thistles and these bad guys. More

Naiads (Water Nymphs; Waterweeds)

Photo of southern naiad aquatic plant with a penny for scale
Najas spp.
Naiads are slender, narrow-leaved plants that grow completely under water and are rooted to the bottom. They never have broad, floating leaves or conspicuous flowers or seed heads. More

Narrow-Leaved Vervain

Verbena simplex
Narrow-leaved vervain is a short, slender perennial with single stems or with upper stems sparingly branched. Its many small flowers are crowded on narrow spikes. The corollas are tubular deep lavender or purple, with 5 spreading lobes. More