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Blue False Indigo

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Blue false indigo is a native bushy perennial with three-parted compound leaves and showy, upright stalks of blue pea-flowers. The seedpods are inflated and turn black upon maturity, and the seeds rattle around in the dry pods. More

Blue False Indigo (Flower)

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The flowers of blue false indigo are showy, blue to violet, and have the typical pea-family configuration. They are arranged on upright racemes that can be 12 inches long. This species blooms May-June. More

Blue Phlox (Wild Sweet William)

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A common, eye-catching native spring wildflower, blue phlox, or wild sweet William, is found in forests nearly statewide. More

Blue Vervain

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Blue vervain is a tall, slender, erect perennial with branching stems and rough hairs. Flowers in many terminal spikes, deep purple, violet, light lavender, or rarely white. The flowers are tubular, 5-lobed, opening from the base of the spikes upward. More

Blue Vervain (Flowers)

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Blue vervain flowers are most commonly deep purple, violet, or light lavender. They are arranged on spikes and open from the base of the spike upward. Blue vervain blooms June-October and is used as a native garden plant. More

Blue Vervain Plant

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Blue vervain occurs in low, wet places, streamsides, sloughs, lakes, wet prairies, pastures, and woodlands; also wet ledges of bluffs, railroads, roadsides, and waste places. In Missouri, it is most common north of the Missouri River and in our central and western counties, and scattered in the Ozarks. More

Blue Vervain Stem

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The stems of blue vervain are square and the leaves are opposite, on short but distinct petioles, quite variable in shape, rough-hairy, coarsely double-toothed, to 5 inches long. More

Blue-Eyed Grass

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It has grasslike leaves, but it’s not a grass. In fact, it’s in the same family as the common garden iris! Four species of blue-eyed grass grow in Missouri, and this one, often found on prairies, glades, and pastures, is the most common. More

Blue-Eyed Mary

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The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are only about a half inch wide, but this pretty plant makes up for it by usually appearing in abundance, covering a patch of forest floor with little sky-blue and white “faces.” More