Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

    Bull Thistle

    Cirsium vulgare
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    Edible

    Photo of Canada thistle flowers

    Canada Thistle

    Cirsium arvense
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of Carolina larkspur plants with flowers

    Carolina Larkspur (Prairie Larkspur)

    Delphinium carolinianum
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    Poisonous

    No photo available

    Caucasian Bluestem

    Bothriochloa bladhii
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of clasping Venus' looking glass, a blue wildflower

    Clasping Venus’ Looking Glass

    Triodanis perfoliata (formerly Specularia perfoliata)
    Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
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    French Grass

    Orbexilum onobrychis (formerly Psoralea onobrychis)
    Photo of goat's rue showing flower cluster

    Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

    Tephrosia virginiana
    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 Johnson grass flower clusters

    Johnson Grass

    Sorghum halepense
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of purple meadow parsnip foliage and flowers

    Meadow Parsnip

    Thaspium trifoliatum
    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of New England aster plants with flowers

    New England Aster

    Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae)
    Photo of oblong-leaved aster showing masses of purple flowerheads

    Oblong-Leaved Aster (Aromatic Aster)

    Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (formerly Aster oblongifolius)
    Photo of pale purple coneflower showing white pollen among disk florets

    Pale Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea pallida
    Photo of blooming passionflower

    Passion Flower

    Passiflora incarnata
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    Edible

    No photo available

    Philadelphia Fleabane

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

    Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather)

    Liatris pycnostachya
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    Edible

    Purple Coneflower

    Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea purpurea
    Photo of purple prairie clover, closeup of flowerhead

    Purple Prairie Clover

    Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
    Photo of sensitive brier flowers

    Sensitive Briar

    Mimosa quadrivalvis (also Schrankia nuttallii)
    Photo of large group of sericea lespedeza plants

    Sericea Lespedeza

    Lespedeza cuneata
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of slender bush clover flowers

    Slender Bush Clover

    Lespedeza virginica
    Photo of spiked lobelia flower stalk.

    Spiked Lobelia

    Lobelia spicata
    spotted knapweed

    Spotted Knapweed

    Centaurea stoebe
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of tick trefoil plant with flowers

    Tick Trefoils (Sticktights; Beggar's Lice)

    Desmodium spp. (17 species in Missouri)
    Photo of viper’s bugloss, closeup of flower

    Viper's Bugloss

    Echium vulgare
    Photo of yellow bluestem plant

    Yellow Bluestem

    Bothriochloa ischaemum
    invasive icon

    Invasive