Photo of bluebells, or Virginia cowslip, plants with flowers

    Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

    Mertensia virginica
    Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers

    Bradbury Beebalm

    Monarda bradburiana (sometimes M. russeliana)
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    Edible

    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 dead nettle stalk with flowers

    Dead Nettle

    Lamium purpureum
    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
    Photo of harbinger of spring flower clusters with coin to show size

    Harbinger of Spring

    Erigenia bulbosa
    Photo of henbit plants with flowers

    Henbit

    Lamium amplexicaule
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    Edible

    Photo of Indian hemp plant

    Indian Hemp (Dogbane)

    Apocynum cannabinum
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    Poisonous

    Photo of several Indian pipe plants with flowers, rising out of leaf litter.

    Indian Pipe

    Monotropa uniflora
    Photo of a large-flowered gaura inflorescence

    Large-Flowered Gaura

    Oenothera filiformis (formerly Gaura longiflora, G. biennis)
    Photo of long-leaved bluets plants with flowers

    Long-Leaved Bluets (Slender-Leaved Bluets)

    Houstonia longifolia (sometimes Hedyotis longifolia)
    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 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

    Photo of perennial or summer phlox flower cluster.

    Perennial Phlox

    Phlox paniculata
    Photo of several pinesap plants showing multiple flowers per stalk.

    Pinesap (False Beech Drops)

    Monotropa hypopitys
    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 a Queen Anne's lace flower cluster, seen from the top
    Photo of a rose gentian flower, closeup

    Rose Gentian (Rose Pink)

    Sabatia angularis
    Photo of rose verbena, or rose vervain, flower cluster showing leaves

    Rose Verbena (Rose Vervain)

    Glandularia canadensis (formerly Verbena canadensis)
    Photo of rue anemone plant with flowers

    Rue Anemone

    Thalictrum thalictroides
    Photo of sensitive brier flowers

    Sensitive Briar

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

    Shooting Star

    Dodecatheon meadia
    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

    Photo of soapwort plants and flowers

    Soapwort (Bouncing Bet)

    Saponaria officinalis
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    Poisonous

    spotted knapweed

    Spotted Knapweed

    Centaurea stoebe
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    Invasive

    Photo of spring beauty plants and flowers

    Spring Beauty

    Claytonia virginica
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    Edible

    Photo of spring cress flower clusters

    Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

    Cardamine bulbosa
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    Edible

    Photo of swamp milkweed, three plants with flower clusters.

    Swamp Milkweed

    Asclepias incarnata
    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of cut-leaved teasel showing flowerhead and joined, cuplike leaves.

    Teasels

    Dipsacus fullonum and D. laciniatus
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    Invasive

    Photo of tick trefoil plant with flowers

    Tick Trefoils (Sticktights; Beggar’s Lice)

    Desmodium spp. (17 species in Missouri)
    Photo of white heath aster flowers

    White Heath Aster

    Symphyotrichum pilosum (formerly Aster pilosus)
    Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with lavender flowers

    Wild Bergamot

    Monarda fistulosa
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    Edible

    Photo of wild four-o'clock flower

    Wild Four-O’Clock

    Mirabilis nyctaginea
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    Poisonous

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