Jan Phillips' award-winning book, Wild Edibles of Missouri, was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a PDF. Download it to learn how to turn wild Missouri plants into biscuits, fritters, jellies, juices, pancakes, pies, salads, soups, wines and more. Color illustrations help you identify plants that are poisonous or have poisonous parts. -Check it out!

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Make a certain ID and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.


    Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers

    Bastard Toadflax

    Comandra umbellata (formerly C. richardsiana)
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    Edible

    Photo of a chicory plant.

    Chicory

    Cichorium intybus
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    Edible

    Photo of corn salad plant flower clusters showing arrangement of buds.

    Corn Salad

    Valerianella radiata
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    Edible

    Photo of ground plum, top of plant, showing flowers and several leaves.

    Ground Plum (Milk Vetch)

    Astragalus crassicarpus (formerly A. mexicanus)
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    Edible

    Image of Johnny-jump-up.

    Johnny-Jump-Up (Field Pansy)

    Viola bicolor
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    Edible

    Photo of mayapple colony looking like numerous green umbrellas on forest floor

    Mayapple

    Podophyllum peltatum
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    Edible

    Photo of midwestern arrowhead male flowers and buds.

    Midwestern Arrowhead

    Sagittaria brevirostra
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    Edible

    Photo of blooming passionflower

    Passion Flower

    Passiflora incarnata
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    Edible

    Photo of dense stand of prairie blazing star or gayfeather at Pawnee Prairie

    Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather)

    Liatris pycnostachya
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    Edible

    Photo of a Queen Anne's lace flower cluster, seen from the top
    Photo of slender mountain mint flowers

    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies

    Smooth Spiderwort

    Tradescantia ohiensis
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    Edible

    Photo of Solomon’s seal flowers and leaves

    Solomon’s Seal

    Polygonatum biflorum
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    Edible

    Photo of spring beauty plants and flowers

    Spring Beauty

    Claytonia virginica
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    Edible

    Photo of spring cress flower clusters

    Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

    Cardamine bulbosa
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    Edible

    Photo of watercress flowers

    Watercress

    Nasturtium officinale (syn. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
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    Edible

    Photo of wild hyacinth flower cluster

    Wild Hyacinth

    Camassia scilloides
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    Edible

    Photo of pink wild onion flower clusters

    Wild Onion

    Allium stellatum
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    Edible

    Photo of wild potato vine flowers and leaves

    Wild Potato Vine

    Ipomoea pandurata
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    Edible