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

False Solomon’s Seal (False Spikenard)

Photo of false Solomon's seal plant with flower cluster
Maianthemum racemosum (formerly Smilacena racemosa)
You can tell by the name that this plant is commonly confused with "true" Solomon's seal, but once you see the differences in flower shape and placement, the color of the berries, and some characteristics of the leaves, you won't be fooled. In fact, you might even feel that you possess the wisdom of, well, Solomon! More

Field Cress (Pepper Grass; Pepperweed)

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Lepidium campestre
Also called cow cress, field cress is an Old World plant that was introduced to America long ago. In Missouri, it is weedy and found mainly in disturbed habitats such as pastures and roadsides. More

Field Milkwort

Photo of field milkwort flowerheads.
Polygala sanguinea
The dense, cylindrical flower clusters of field milkwort are pink to white and, at first glance, look something like a clover head. This small annual wildflower is common in prairies, old fields, meadows, and glades. More

Filamentous Green Algae (Moss; Pond Scum)

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Cladophora, Pithophora, and Spirogyra spp., and others
Filamentous green algae forms green, cottony masses that are free-floating or attached to rocks, debris, or other plants. More

Fire Pink

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Silene virginica
Fire pink is a low, clump-forming perennial with many slender, spreading stems that are sticky from glandular hairs, with open clusters of bright red flowers. This showy native Missouri plant is growing in popularity among home gardeners. More

Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

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Lactuca floridana
A true lettuce that can be eaten as a cooked or salad green, Florida lettuce has lavender to purplish blue flowers and grows statewide. More

Flowering Spurge

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Euphorbia corollata
With widespread sprays of small white flowers, flowering spurge looks a lot like the "baby's breath" so popular with florists. Each little "flower" has 5 white "false petals" surrounding a cup of tiny yellow male flowers and a single female flower. More

Fremont’s Leather Flower

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Clematis fremontii
The only non-climbing clematis in the state, Fremont’s leather flower is a shrubby perennial with bell-shaped flowers. It grows on open glades in the eastern part of Missouri and in southwestern Missouri’s Ozark County. More

French Grass

Orbexilum onobrychis (formerly Psoralea onobrychis)
Looking absolutely nothing like a grass, French grass, a legume, bears upright spikes of pale purple flowers on long stems from the leaf axils. The leaves are trifoliate, resembling those of soybeans. More

Garlic Mustard

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Alliaria petiolata
Because each plant disperses a large number of seeds, garlic mustard can outcompete native vegetation for light, moisture, nutrients, soil, and space as it quickly colonizes an area. More