Photo of prairie showing big bluestem leaves and flowering stalks

    Big Bluestem

    Andropogon gerardii
    Photo of blue-eyed grass flower closeup

    Blue-Eyed Grass

    Sisyrinchium campestre
    Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

    Cattails

    Typha spp.
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    Edible

    Photo of several big bluestem seed heads against a blue sky.

    Grasses

    All true grasses (species in the grass family).
    Photo of common scouring rush, many stems in a colony

    Horsetails (Scouring Rushes)

    Equisetum (3 spp. in Missouri)
    Photo of path rush, closeup showing drying fruits.

    Rushes

    Juncus spp. and Luzula spp.
    Photo of eastern woodland sedge plant growing among leaf litter.

    Sedges

    Carex, Schoenoplectus, Scirpus, and other genera