Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

    American Ginseng

    Panax quinquefolius
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    Edible

    Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils

    Chinese Yam

    Dioscorea oppositifolia (sometimes called D. batatas)
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    Invasive

    Photo of climbing false buckwheat vines, leaves, and flowers.

    Climbing False Buckwheat (Crested Buckwheat)

    Fallopia scandens (formerly Polygonum scandens)
    Photo of various duckweeds and watermeal on water surface

    Duckweeds (Watermeal)

    Lemna spp.; Spirodella spp.; Wolffia spp.
    Photo of a giant ragweed plant.

    Giant Ragweed

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

    Grasses

    All true grasses (species in the grass family).
    Photo of green dragon plant showing flower and leaves.

    Green Dragon

    Arisaema dracontium
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    Poisonous

    Photo of Japanese knotweed

    Japanese Knotweed

    Fallopia japonica
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    Invasive

    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 pale Indian plantain flower clusters.

    Pale Indian Plantain

    Arnoglossum atriplicifolium (also Cacalia atriplicifolia)
    Photo of pokeweed plant with dangling stalks of ripe and unripe berries.

    Pokeweed

    Phytolacca americana
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    Poisonous

    Photo of American pondweed leaves floating on water surface

    Pondweeds

    Potamogeton spp.
    Photo of purple milkweed flower cluster

    Purple Milkweed

    Asclepias purpurascens
    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
    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

    Photo of tall fescue plants

    Tall Fescue

    Festuca arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of wake robin, or trillium, plant with leaves and flower

    Wake Robin (Trillium)

    Trillium sessile
    Photo of white avens flower and upper stem leaves.
    Photo of white snakeroot leaves and flowers

    White Snakeroot

    Ageratina altissima (formerly Eupatorium rugosum)
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    Poisonous

    Photo of wood nettle leaves at top of plant.

    Wood Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

    Laportea canadensis
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    Edible

    Photo of wood spurge flowers.

    Wood Spurge

    Euphorbia commutata
    Photo of yellow passionflower flowers.

    Yellow Passion Flower

    Passiflora lutea