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

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Elephant’s Foot

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?

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English Plantain

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.

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Everlasting Pea (Perennial Sweet Pea)

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.

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False Aloe (American Aloe; Rattlesnake Master)

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.

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False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

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.

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False Garlic

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.

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False Loosestrife (Bushy Seedbox; Rattlebox)

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.

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False Rue Anemone

Isopyrum biternatum
To distinguish false rue anemone from "true" rue anemone, look for the following: 5 white (not pinkish) sepals, and leaves present on the flowering stems. Confirm your identification by noting that it's growing in a colony (not singly) and is in a moist, low area.

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False Solomon’s Seal (False Spikenard)

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!

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Field Cress (Pepper Grass; Pepperweed)

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.

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