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    American Water Willow

    Justicia americana
    Photo of blue vervain flower clusters in a prairie

    Blue Vervain

    Verbena hastata
    Photo of blue-eyed Mary flowers

    Blue-Eyed Mary

    Collinsia verna
    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
    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 crown vetch, closeup of a flower cluster.

    Crown Vetch

    Securigera varia (formerly Coronilla varia)
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    Poisonous

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    Invasive

    Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom

    Decurrent False Aster

    Boltonia decurrens
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    Endangered

    Photo of false dragonhead plant with flowers

    False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

    Physostegia virginiana
    Photo of Florida lettuce flower closeup with syrphid fly

    Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

    Lactuca floridana
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    Edible

    Photo of Johnson grass flower clusters

    Johnson Grass

    Sorghum halepense
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    Invasive

    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of mist flower or wild ageratum plants with flowers

    Mist Flower (Wild Ageratum; Blue Boneset)

    Conoclinium coelestinum (formerly Eupatorium coelestinum)
    Photo of New England aster plants with flowers

    New England Aster

    Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae)
    Photo of northern fog fruit flowering head

    Northern Fog Fruit

    Lippia lanceolata (formerly Phyla lanceolata)
    Photo of Ohio horsemint inflorescence

    Ohio Horsemint

    Blephilia ciliata
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    Edible

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    Philadelphia Fleabane

    Erigeron philadelphicus
    Photo of purple loosestrife flowering stalks showing purple flowers

    Purple Loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria
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    Invasive

    Photo of large group of sericea lespedeza plants

    Sericea Lespedeza

    Lespedeza cuneata
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    Invasive

    Photo of shining blue star flower cluster

    Shining Blue Star

    Amsonia illustris
    Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers

    Slender False Foxglove

    Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
    Photo of slender mountain mint flowers

    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of southern blue flag iris plants with flowers

    Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

    Iris virginica
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    Poisonous

    Photo of tick trefoil plant with flowers

    Tick Trefoils (Sticktights; Beggar's Lice)

    Desmodium spp. (17 species in Missouri)
    Photo of water lily pads and flowers on a pond

    Water Lilies

    Nymphaea spp.
    Photo of water milfoil plants along the shore of a pond

    Water Milfoils

    Myriophyllum spp.
    Photo of water shield showing leaves and a flower

    Water Shield

    Brasenia schreberi
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    Edible

    Photo of winged loosestrife plants and flowers

    Winged Loosestrife

    Lythrum alatum