Photo of American water willow closeup on flowers

    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 clasping Venus' looking glass, a blue wildflower

    Clasping Venus’ Looking Glass

    Triodanis perfoliata (formerly Specularia perfoliata)
    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 common water hemlock or spotted cowbane flowers

    Common Water Hemlock

    Cicuta maculata
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    Poisonous

    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 false dragonhead plant with flowers

    False Dragonhead (Obedient Plant)

    Physostegia virginiana
    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 hispid buttercup plant with flower

    Hispid Buttercup

    Ranunculus hispidus
    Photo of hoary puccoon closeup of flower cluster

    Hoary Puccoon (Orange Puccoon)

    Lithospermum canescens
    Photo of a clump of hydrilla held in a hand

    Hydrilla

    Hydrilla verticillata
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    Invasive

    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 mullein basal leaves

    Mullein

    Verbascum thapsus
    Photo of northern fog fruit flowering head

    Northern Fog Fruit

    Lippia lanceolata (formerly Phyla lanceolata)
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    Philadelphia Fleabane

    Erigeron philadelphicus
    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 pussytoes showing fuzzy white flowering heads

    Pussytoes (Indian Tobacco)

    Antennaria parlinii
    Photo of several reed canary grass plants with flowering heads

    Reed Canary Grass

    Phalaris arundinacea
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    Invasive

    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 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 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 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 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 white anemone

    White Anemone (Windflower)

    Anemone canadensis
    Photo of white avens flower and upper stem leaves.
    Photo of wild potato vine flowers and leaves

    Wild Potato Vine

    Ipomoea pandurata
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    Edible