Photo of prairie showing big bluestem leaves and flowering stalks

    Big Bluestem

    Andropogon gerardii
    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 coontail aquatic plant with penny for scale

    Coontail (Hornwort)

    Ceratophyllum demersum
    Photo of eastern gama grass flowering plant

    Eastern Gama Grass

    Tripsacum dactyloides
    Picture of a patch of filamentous green algae floating in a stream.

    Filamentous Green Algae (Pond Scum)

    Cladophora, Pithophora, and Spirogyra spp., and others
    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 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 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 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 southern blue flag iris plants with flowers

    Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

    Iris virginica
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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 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