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.


    Illustration of American basswood leaves, flowers, fruits.
    Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

    American Ginseng

    Panax quinquefolius
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    Edible

    Illustration of American hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

    American Hazelnut

    Corylus americana
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    Edible

    Photo of beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster

    Beefsteak Plant

    Perilla frutescens
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    Edible

    Illustration of black cherry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Black Cherry

    Prunus serotina
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    Edible

    Illustration of black gum flowers and fruits.

    Black Gum

    Nyssa sylvatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of black haw leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Black Haw

    Viburnum prunifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of black mustard flower cluster

    Black Mustard

    Brassica nigra
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    Edible

    Illustration of black walnut compound leaf and nuts.

    Black Walnut

    Juglans nigra
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    Edible

    Illustration of bristly greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruit

    Bristly Greenbrier

    Smilax hispida (syn. S. tamnoides var. hispida)
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    Edible

    Illustration of butternut compound leaf and nuts.

    Butternut

    Juglans cinerea
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    Edible

    Photo of Carolina false dandelion flowerhead.

    Carolina False Dandelion

    Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
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    Edible

    Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

    Cattails

    Typha spp.
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    Edible

    Illustration of chinkapin oak leaf.

    Chinkapin Oak (Chinquapin Oak)

    Quercus muehlenbergii
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    Edible

    Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.

    Common Dayflower

    Commelina communis
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    Edible

    Photo of common evening primrose, closeup of flowers.

    Common Evening Primrose

    Oenothera biennis
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    Edible

    Photo of common ground cherry flower

    Common Ground Cherry

    Physalis longifolia
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    Edible

    Illustration of hackberry leaves, stem, fruit.

    Common Hackberry

    Celtis occidentalis
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    Edible

    Photo of common reed plants in large colony

    Common Reed

    Phragmites australis australis
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Photo of common sunflower

    Common Sunflower

    Helianthus annuus
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    Edible

    Photo of common violet

    Common Violet

    Viola sororia
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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 eastern prickly pear plant with flowers

    Eastern Prickly Pear

    Opuntia humifusa (formerly O. compressa)
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    Edible

    Photo of Florida lettuce flower closeup with syrphid fly

    Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

    Lactuca floridana
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    Edible

    Illustration of frost grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Frost Grape

    Vitis vulpina
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    Edible

    Photo of garlic mustard plant with flowers

    Garlic Mustard

    Alliaria petiolata
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Illustration of greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Greenbrier

    Smilax glauca
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    Edible

    Photo of the upper portions of two Jerusalem artichoke plants.

    Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunflower Artichoke)

    Helianthus tuberosus
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    Edible

    Photo of a huge mass of kudzu vines covering trees and ground

    Kudzu

    Pueraria montana
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    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 Ohio horsemint inflorescence

    Ohio Horsemint

    Blephilia ciliata
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    Edible

    Photo of orange day lily flower

    Orange Day Lily

    Hemerocallis fulva
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    Edible

    Illustration of overcup oak leaf.

    Overcup Oak

    Quercus lyrata
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    Edible

    Photo of blooming passionflower

    Passion Flower

    Passiflora incarnata
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    Edible

    Illustration of pawpaw leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Pawpaw

    Asimina triloba
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    Edible

    Illustration of pecan leaf and fruit.

    Pecan

    Carya illinoinensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of persimmon leaves, branch, fruit.

    Persimmon

    Diospyros virginiana
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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
    Illustration of red mulberry leaves and fruits.

    Red Mulberry

    Morus rubra
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    Edible

    Illustration of riverbank grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Riverbank Grape

    Vitis riparia
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    Edible

    Illustration of round-leaved catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Round-Leaved Catbrier

    Smilax rotundifolia
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    Edible

    Illustration of sand grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Sand Grape

    Vitis rupestris
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    Edible

    Photo of self-heal flower head

    Self-Heal (Heal-All)

    Prunella vulgaris
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    Edible

    Illustration of shellbark hickory leaf and fruits.

    Shellbark Hickory

    Carya laciniosa
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    Edible

    Photo of slender mountain mint flowers

    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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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 a spatterdock flower held against a leaf

    Spatterdock (Yellow Pond Lily)

    Nuphar advena (formerly N. lutea)
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    Edible

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