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

Early Saxifrage (Virginia Saxifrage)

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Micranthes virginiensis (also called Saxifraga virginiensis)
The name "saxifrage" means "rock-breaker." The meaning of the name helps you remember the habitat of early saxifrage—rock outcroppings, ledges, glades, and bluffs. In Missouri, it blooms February through June. More

Eastern Prickly Pear

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Opuntia humifusa (formerly O. compressa)
Cacti make us think of the desert southwest, but there is at least one species native to Missouri. This prickly pear grows in glades, sand prairies, rocky open hillsides, and other dry, sun-soaked areas. More

Eastern Redbud

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Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Elephant’s Foot

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Elephantopus carolinianus
You may not recognize elephant’s foot as a member of the daisy or sunflower family because it lacks petal-like ray florets. Also, it has unusual, doubly compound flower clusters. And how did it get its name, anyway? More

English Plantain

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Plantago lanceolata
"Pip, pip, and cheerio!" Many of our most common weeds traveled with European colonists "across the pond" and have done "smashingly well" over here! Like the common dandelion, English plantain should be familiar to every Missourian. More

Everlasting Pea (Perennial Sweet Pea)

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Lathyrus latifolius
This pretty, long-blooming, pink-flowered sweet pea is a native of the Old World. An old-fashioned garden plant your grandma might have grown on a fence, everlasting pea often persists at old homesites. More

False Aloe (American Aloe; Rattlesnake Master)

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Manfreda virginica (formerly Agave virginica)
False aloe is one of the few native Missouri plants related to the agaves, or century plants, of the Southwest. Unlike agaves, a false aloe rosette can bloom and rebloom, and doesn’t die after sending up a flowering stalk. More

False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

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Physostegia virginiana
False dragonhead is a member of the mint family that grows 3-4 feet tall and forms dense spikes of pink or lavender snapdragon-like flowers. When you push one of the flowers sideways, it "obediently" stays in place for a while. More

False Garlic

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Nothoscordum bivalve
False garlic looks like a wild garlic or onion plant, but it doesn’t smell like one! The flowers can be white, yellowish, or greenish, and they appear in spring and sometimes also fall. More

False Loosestrife (Bushy Seedbox; Rattlebox)

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Ludwigia alternifolia
One of eleven water primrose species in Missouri, false loosestrife is distinguished by its cubical fruits that open at a pore in the tip. Look for it in wet places like the edges of ponds, ditches, and along rivers and streams. More