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

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

Climbing False Buckwheat (Crested Buckwheat)

Photo of climbing false buckwheat leaves and stems.
Fallopia scandens (formerly Polygonum scandens)
Climbing false buckwheat is a rampant annual or perennial climber that often forms curtainlike masses of twining red stems, covering shrubs and trees. Look for it in moist, open or shaded bottomlands, alluvial valleys, and floodplains. More

Climbing Milkweed

Photo of climbing milkweed flowers and leaves.
Matelea decipiens
The brown, starlike, spreading flowers of climbing milkweed differ from those of other milkweeds, but milky sap, warty pods with silk-tasseled seeds, and the structures in the center of the flowers show its true alliance. 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

Combleaf Yellow False Foxglove

Photo of combleaf yellow false foxglove showing flowers and leaves.
Aureolaria pectinata (formerly Gerardia pedicularia)
There are 3 species of Aureolaria in Missouri. Only combleaf yellow false foxglove is annual, has fernlike, delicately dissected leaves, and glandular hairs. It occurs in the Ozarks. More

Common Cinquefoil (Five-Finger)

Photo of common cinquefoil plants with flowers
Potentilla simplex
Common cinquefoil, or five-finger, is named for its leaves, which are divided into five fingerlike leaflets. One of seven cinquefoils in Missouri, it blooms from April to June and is scattered nearly statewide. More

Common Dayflower (Asiatic Dayflower)

Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.
Commelina communis
The flowers of dayflower are truly blue, and they have only two conspicuous petals. A fast-growing, sprawling, but shallow-rooted weed, this introduced species commonly annoys gardeners. More

Common Evening Primrose

Photo of common evening primrose, closeup of flowers.
Oenothera biennis
True to its name, common evening primrose is the most common and widespread evening primrose in Missouri. It is most noticeable late in the season, when it reaches its greatest height and the flowers at the top are most visible. More