Photo of prairie showing big bluestem leaves and flowering stalks

    Big Bluestem

    Andropogon gerardii
    Photo of blackberry lily showing open and spent flowers and developing fruits.

    Blackberry Lily

    Iris domestica (formerly Belamcanda chinensis)
    Photo of blue-eyed grass flower closeup

    Blue-Eyed Grass

    Sisyrinchium campestre
    Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

    Cattails

    Typha spp.
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    Edible

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    Caucasian Bluestem

    Bothriochloa bladhii
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    Invasive

    Photo of a celestial lily, or prairie pleatleaf iris, in bloom.

    Celestial Lily

    Nemastylis geminiflora
    Photo of common reed plants in large colony

    Common Reed

    Phragmites australis australis
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Photo of copper iris plants with flowers

    Copper Iris

    Iris fulva
    Deptfort pink blooming in an open area

    Deptford Pink

    Dianthus armeria
    Photo of dwarf spiderwort flower clusters

    Dwarf Spiderwort (Wild Crocus)

    Tradescantia longipes
    Photo of eastern gama grass flowering plant

    Eastern Gama Grass

    Tripsacum dactyloides
    Photo of false garlic flowers

    False Garlic

    Nothoscordum bivalve
    Photo of field milkwort flowerheads.

    Field Milkwort

    Polygala sanguinea
    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 common scouring rush, many stems in a colony

    Horsetails (Scouring Rushes)

    Equisetum (3 spp. in Missouri)
    Photo of Indian grass flower head in bloom

    Indian Grass

    Sorghastrum nutans
    Photo of Indian paintbrush flowers

    Indian Paintbrush

    Castilleja coccinea
    Photo of Japanese stiltgrass

    Japanese Stiltgrass (Eulalia)

    Microstegium vimineum
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    Invasive

    Photo of Johnson grass flower clusters

    Johnson Grass

    Sorghum halepense
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    Invasive

    Photo of little bluestem mature seed head

    Little Bluestem

    Schizachyrium scoparium
    Photo of common ladies' tresses, flower stalk with spiral flower arrangement

    Nodding Ladies’ Tresses

    Spiranthes cernua
    Photo of orange day lily flower

    Orange Day Lily

    Hemerocallis fulva
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    Edible

    Photo of American pondweed leaves floating on water surface

    Pondweeds

    Potamogeton spp.
    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 prairie clover, closeup of flowerhead

    Purple Prairie Clover

    Dalea purpurea (formerly Petalostemon purpureum)
    Photo of rattlesnake master flower heads side view

    Rattlesnake Master

    Eryngium yuccifolium
    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 sideoats grama, closeup on floral spikes showing orange anthers.

    Sideoats Grama

    Bouteloua curtipendula
    Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers

    Slender False Foxglove

    Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
    Photo of slender mountain mint flowers

    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of smooth spiderwort flowers being visited by beelike syrphid flies

    Smooth Spiderwort

    Tradescantia ohiensis
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    Edible

    Photo of southern blue flag iris plants with flowers

    Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

    Iris virginica
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    Poisonous

    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

    White upland aster goldenrod inflorescence in a prairie

    Upland White Goldenrod

    Solidago ptermicoides (formerly Aster ptarmicoides)
    Photo of white heath aster flowers

    White Heath Aster

    Symphyotrichum pilosum (formerly Aster pilosus)
    Photo of wild hyacinth flower cluster

    Wild Hyacinth

    Camassia scilloides
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    Edible

    Photo of pink wild onion flower clusters

    Wild Onion

    Allium stellatum
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    Edible

    Photo of yellow bluestem plant

    Yellow Bluestem

    Bothriochloa ischaemum
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    Invasive

    Photo of yellow star grass plant with flowers

    Yellow Star Grass

    Hypoxis hirsuta
    Photo of soapweed, a type of yucca

    Yuccas (Spanish Bayonet; Soapweed)

    Yucca smalliana, Y. glauca, and Y. arkansana