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 field milkwort flowerheads.

    Field Milkwort

    Polygala sanguinea
    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 whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of a musk thistle blooming flower head.

    Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

    Carduus nutans
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    Invasive

    Photo of oblong-leaved aster showing masses of purple flowerheads

    Oblong-Leaved Aster (Aromatic Aster)

    Symphyotrichum oblongifolium (formerly Aster oblongifolius)
    Photo of Ohio horsemint inflorescence

    Ohio Horsemint

    Blephilia ciliata
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    Edible

    Photo of pale purple coneflower showing white pollen among disk florets

    Pale Purple Coneflower

    Echinacea pallida
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    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

    Photo of purple milkweed flower cluster

    Purple Milkweed

    Asclepias purpurascens
    Photo of purple prairie clover, closeup of flowerhead

    Purple Prairie Clover

    Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
    Photo of rose verbena, or rose vervain, flower cluster showing leaves

    Rose Verbena (Rose Vervain)

    Glandularia canadensis (formerly Verbena canadensis)
    Photo of sensitive brier flowers

    Sensitive Briar

    Mimosa quadrivalvis (also Schrankia nuttallii)
    Photo of shooting star flowers

    Shooting Star

    Dodecatheon meadia
    Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers

    Slender False Foxglove

    Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
    Photo of smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies

    Smooth Spiderwort

    Tradescantia ohiensis
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    Edible

    spotted knapweed

    Spotted Knapweed

    Centaurea stoebe
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    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 violet wood sorrel plant with flowers

    Violet Wood Sorrel

    Oxalis violacea
    Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with lavender flowers

    Wild Bergamot

    Monarda fistulosa
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    Edible

    Photo of winged loosestrife plants and flowers

    Winged Loosestrife

    Lythrum alatum