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    American Water Willow

    Justicia americana
    Photo of blue-eyed Mary flowers

    Blue-Eyed Mary

    Collinsia verna
    Photo of Carolina false dandelion flowerhead.

    Carolina False Dandelion

    Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
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    Edible

    Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

    Cattails

    Typha spp.
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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 common ground cherry flower

    Common Ground Cherry

    Physalis longifolia
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    Edible

    Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
    Photo of copper iris plants with flowers

    Copper Iris

    Iris fulva
    Photo of various duckweeds and watermeal on water surface

    Duckweeds (Watermeal)

    Lemna spp.; Spirodella spp.; Wolffia spp.
    Photo of tall goldenrod plant with flowers

    Goldenrods

    Solidago spp. (23 species in Missouri)
    Photo of several big bluestem seed heads against a blue sky.

    Grasses

    All true grasses (species in the grass family).
    Photo of hedge bindweed flowers

    Hedge Bindweed

    Calystegia sepium (also Convolvulus sepium)
    Photo of Johnson grass flower clusters

    Johnson Grass

    Sorghum halepense
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    Invasive

    Photo of lance-leaved loosestrife plant with flowers

    Lance-Leaved Loosestrife

    Lysimachia lanceolata
    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    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 several reed canary grass plants with flowering heads

    Reed Canary Grass

    Phalaris arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of sesbania flowers and foliage

    Sesbania (Coffeeweed)

    Sesbania herbacea (formerly S. exaltata)
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    Poisonous

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    Invasive

    Photo of shining blue star flower cluster

    Shining Blue Star

    Amsonia illustris
    Photo of southern blue flag iris plants with flowers

    Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

    Iris virginica
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    Poisonous

    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 spring cress flower clusters

    Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

    Cardamine bulbosa
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    Edible

    Photo of star of Bethlehem cluster of plants with flowers

    Star of Bethlehem

    Ornithogalum umbellatum
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    Poisonous

    Photo of tall fescue plants

    Tall Fescue

    Festuca arundinacea
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    Invasive

    Photo of water milfoil plants along the shore of a pond

    Water Milfoils

    Myriophyllum spp.
    Photo of water primrose plant showing typical roots, leaves, stems, and a flower

    Water Primrose

    Ludwigia peploides
    Photo of water shield showing leaves and a flower

    Water Shield

    Brasenia schreberi
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    Edible

    Photo of watercress flowers

    Watercress

    Nasturtium officinale (syn. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
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    Edible

    Photo of yellow wood sorrel plant showing flowers and leaves.

    Yellow Wood Sorrel

    Oxalis stricta
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    Edible