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Photo of two blackberry lily fruits, one split open, the other not.

Blackberry Lily Fruits

The fruit of blackberry lily is a pear-shaped capsule about an inch long, that splits open and withers, revealing shiny black seeds, looking very much like a blackberry. The seeds remain attached for many weeks.

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Photo of blackberry lily leaves.

Blackberry Lily Leaves

The leaves of blackberry lily grow in broad, flattened fans. Each swordlike leaf is folded tightly lengthwise. They are nearly identical to those of the familiar garden iris and can reach about 15 inches long.

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blackeyed susan

blackeyed susan

Colorful wildflowers bloom on Missouri’s prairies in June, attracting bugs, birds and photographers. Here, a ladybug crawls on a blackeyed Susan.

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Photo of cluster of bleeding mycenas, small, capped, reddish mushrooms

Bleeding Mycena

The bleeding mycena is a small mushroom with a bell-shaped, reddish brown cap that bleeds dark red when cut. It grows singly to clustered on decaying wood.

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Photo of bloodroot plant with flower

Bloodroot

Bloodroot’s pure white petals are even more remarkable given the plant’s bright red sap. This feature, plus the unique leaf shape, make this early spring wildflower easy to identify.

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Photo of a bloodroot flower, closeup of center showing yellow stamens

Bloodroot (Flower)

Bloodroot blooms March–April. The flowers open before or just as the leaves start to unfurl. The flowers have 8–16 white petals of uneven size and length, and many yellow stamens. The flower is about 1¼ inch across. Because the petals are of uneven length, one often finds “square” flowers. Each flower lasts only one or two days.

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