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Photo of bull thistle, a spiny thistle with a pink flowerhead

Bull Thistle

Bull thistle is a weedy introduction from Europe, found statewide. To tell it from our other thistles, note its stems with spiny-margined wings, and its leaves with the upper surface strongly roughened with stiff, spiny bristles.

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Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

Bull Thistle (Flowerhead)

The flowerheads of bull thistle are reddish purple to purple, with a prominent involucre (the flowerhead base, covered by leaflike bracts), which is covered with a fine, cobweb-like silk. Spiny bracts grow right up to the flowerheads.

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Photo of bull thistle showing stems with spiny wings.

Bull Thistle (Stem)

Bull thistle has stems with spiny-margined wings. This trait, combined with the pink flowerheads, is a quick way to identify this common, weedy species.

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Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed

Native plants such as butterfly milkweed offer hardiness advantages and many benefit butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

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Photo of butterfly pea plant with flowers

Butterfly Pea

Butterfly pea is a low, shrubby, or twining perennial in the pea family, with showy, butterfly-like flowers. The leaves are compound with three leaflets. This species grows in the southern parts of Missouri, in acid soils.

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Photo of butterfly weed plant on a prairie

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed, striking for its pure orange color, occurs in upland fields, prairies, glades, roadsides, wasteland, dry and rocky woods, and edges of woods, often on disturbed soil. It is also a favorite native plant for gardening.

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Photo of butterfly weed plant with flowers

Butterfly Weed

In case the name doesn’t make it clear, this milkweed is a favorite nectar plant for butterflies, and the leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. One of our showiest native wildflowers, butterfly weed is also a favorite of gardeners.

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