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

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Sanguinaria canadensis
Bloodroot’s pure white petals are even more remarkable given the plant’s bright red sap. This feature, plus the unique leaf shape, make this early spring wildflower easy to identify.

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Blue Cardinal Flower (Great Lobelia; Blue Lobelia)

Lobelia siphilitica
A showy, late-blooming native wildflower that grows along streams, ditches, sloughs, and other wet places, blue lobelia has blue or purple tubular flowers with 2 upper lips and 3 lower lips.

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Blue False Indigo

Baptisia australis
Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods.

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Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

Phlox divaricata
A common, eye-catching native spring wildflower, blue phlox is found nearly statewide.

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Blue Vervain

Verbena hastata
Blue vervain is a tall, slender, erect perennial with branching stems and rough hairs. Its tubular flowers are clustered in many terminal spikes, and can be deep purple, violet, light lavender, or rarely white.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium campestre
It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common.

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Blue-Eyed Mary

Collinsia verna
The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are only about a half inch wide, but this pretty plant makes up for it by usually appearing in abundance, covering a patch of forest floor with little sky-blue and white “faces.”

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Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

Mertensia virginica
One of our most stunning early spring wildflowers, bluebells is also a popular native plant for gardening. As with all native plant gardening, make sure you get your plants from ethical sources.

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Brown-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba
Brown-eyed Susan is a bushy perennial with much-branching stems and plenty of flowerheads. Compared to Missouri’s other Rudbeckia species, its flowerheads are the smallest, growing to only about one inch across.

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Buffalo Bur (Kansas Thistle)

Solanum rostratum
A spiny annual with bright yellow flowers and dandelion-like leaves, buffalo bur is an introduced member of the nightshade family.

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