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

Caucasian Bluestem

Bothriochloa bladhii
Causasian bluestem and the closely related yellow bluestem are both aggressive, weedy degraders of pasturelands that escape cultivation and endanger native habitats. Learn more about these Old World grasses, and please don’t plant them! More

Celandine Poppy (Wood Poppy)

Photo of celandine poppy plant and flowers
Stylophorum diphyllum
The showy, bright yellow flowers of celandine poppy really stand out in the shady woods and valleys where this plant grows. You should consider this species when you are planting a shade garden! More

Celestial Lily (Prairie Iris; Prairie Pleatleaf; Prairie Celestial)

Nemastylis geminiflora
Showy, lavender-blue flowers two inches wide shine like six-pointed stars on glades and prairies in southern Missouri and the eastern Ozarks. Celestial lily, in the iris family, blooms only in the morning. More

Chara (Muskgrass; Stonewort)

Photo of chara, an alga with stemlike and leaflike structures
Chara spp.
These aquatic algae look like regular vascular plants. Chara has a crisp, gritty texture, a musky odor, and gray-green, needlelike structures that resemble leaves. More

Chicory (Blue Sailors)

Cichorium intybus
In summer and fall, the pretty blue flowers of chicory decorate roadsides and other disturbed areas. This weedy member of the aster family was introduced from Europe long ago. Its roots have been used as a coffee substitute. More

Chinese Yam

Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils
Dioscorea oppositifolia (sometimes called D. batatas)
Similar to kudzu, Chinese yam is an aggressive vine that overtakes nearly everything within reach that stands still long enough! Learn more about this invasive plant—and please don’t plant it! More

Clasping Venus’ Looking Glass

Photo of clasping Venus' looking glass, a blue wildflower
Triodanis perfoliata (formerly Specularia perfoliata)
Clasping Venus' looking glass is a single-stemmed plant with purple or blue star-shaped flowers and bluntly toothed, alternate leaves that clasp the stem. It's scattered statewide in a variety of habitats and blooms May-June. More

Cleavers (Bedstraw; Goose Grass)

Photo of cleavers flower cluster with developing fruits
Galium aparine
The tiny white flowers of this native plant are not very memorable, but the curious, sticky-feeling whorls of narrow leaves and lightweight, 4-sided stems make cleavers unique. And then there’s the tiny, round, “Velcro” covered balls of the seeds, which “stick tight” to your socks! More

Closed Gentian (Bottle Gentian)

Photo of closed gentian flowers
Gentiana andrewsii
Closed gentian, a wildflower of moist prairies, never opens—it stays closed and budlike throughout the pollination process. How is it pollinated? Bumblebees push their way into the flowers! More


Photo of columbine flower closeup
Aquilegia canadensis
Native to much of eastern North America, this columbine's range almost matches the breeding territory of the ruby-throated hummingbird, its number-one pollinator. Fancy that! More