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American Feverfew (Wild Quinine)

Photo of American feverfew plant with flower cluster.
A common component of high-quality upland prairie, American feverfew, or wild quinine, is a native wildflower that was used to treat fevers or malaria. It's in the composite family. More

American Feverfew (Wild Quinine) Flowers

Photo of American feverfew flower cluster.
The flowerheads of American feverfew grow in flat-topped or slightly rounded, fuzzy white clusters about ¼ inch wide. The petal-like ray florets are few, tiny, and inconspicuous. It blooms May–September. More

American Germander

Photo of American germander flower stalks and leaves
Like most other mints, American germander has square stems, opposite leaves, and two-lobed flowers. The unusual configuration of the corolla lobes is the key identifying characteristic. More

American Germander (Flowers)

Photo of American germander flowers
American germander flowers are lavender or pink and densely spaced. The corolla has an unusual configuration; it seems to have no upper lip, since those 2 lobes are pointed upward like horns, while the lower lip is much larger and more complicated, with 2 rounded side lobes and a large, cupped, bottom lobe; 4 stamens protrude noticeably, with reddish-brown anthers. More

American Germander (Plants)

Photo of American germander plants
American germander is a colony-forming perennial with a 4-sided, hairy stem that is rarely branched. It occurs statewide in fields, prairies, low woods, streamsides, roadsides, railroads, and other disturbed sites, usually in moist soil. More

American Ginseng Berries

Photo of red American ginseng berry cluster
Unlimited harvests have made ginseng decline or disappear in many places. The ginseng trade is regulated internationally and under the Missouri Wildlife Code, with an official collecting season (usually Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, when fruits are on the plants). Diggers can help by squeezing the seeds from fruits into the hole left after the root is excavated. More

American Ginseng in Bloom

Photo of American ginseng in bloom
Small, insignificant greenish white flowers emerge in May-July on a stalk emerging from the base of the whorl of leaves. More

American Ginseng in Forest

Photo of American ginseng plant on forest floor
American ginseng grows in hardwood forests on shady, well-drained, north- and east-facing slopes in predominantly porous, humus-rich soils, and often in ravines. More