Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

    Bull Thistle

    Cirsium vulgare
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    Edible

    Photo of Canada thistle flowers

    Canada Thistle

    Cirsium arvense
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    Invasive

    Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
    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 everlasting pea flower and leaves

    Everlasting Pea

    Lathyrus latifolius
    Photo of field milkwort flowerheads.

    Field Milkwort

    Polygala sanguinea
    Photo of goat's rue showing flower cluster

    Goat’s Rue (Hoary Pea)

    Tephrosia virginiana
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    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of a musk thistle blooming flower head.

    Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

    Carduus nutans
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    Invasive

    Photo of sensitive brier flowers

    Sensitive Briar

    Mimosa quadrivalvis (also Schrankia nuttallii)
    Photo of slender bush clover flowers

    Slender Bush Clover

    Lespedeza virginica
    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)