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Photo of blue vervain blooming flower spikes.

Blue Vervain

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.

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Blue Vervain (Flowers)

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.

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Blue Vervain Plant

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.

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Blue Vervain Stem

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.

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Blue-Eyed Grass

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.

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Blue-Eyed Mary

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.”

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Blue-Eyed Mary (Flowers)

The flowers of blue-eyed Mary are 2-lipped: the upper lip is 2-lobed and white; the lower lip is 3-lobed and sky blue (rarely purple or white). This is one of the few Missouri wildflowers that is truly “blue.” Blooms April–June.

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Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

One of our most stunning early spring wildflowers, bluebells is also a popular native plant for gardening. As with all native plant gardening, make sure you get your plants from ethical sources.

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Photo of a blusher, a tan gilled mushroom, showing injured spot turning rust red


The blusher (Amanita rubescens) has a tan to reddish brown cap with pinkish brown patches and a ring on the stalk; the entire mushroom bruises reddish. It grows on the ground in oak woods and under white pines.

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Box Elder

Commonly mistaken for poison ivy vine, the box elder is a tree with three to seven divided leaves, and the leaflets are pinnate like a feather. Leaves are also opposite (not alternate) on a stem.

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