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    American Water Willow

    Justicia americana
    Photo of blue-eyed Mary flowers

    Blue-Eyed Mary

    Collinsia verna
    Photo of Chinese yam showing leaves and bulbils

    Chinese Yam

    Dioscorea oppositifolia (sometimes called D. batatas)
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    Invasive

    Photo of climbing false buckwheat vines, leaves, and flowers.

    Climbing False Buckwheat (Crested Buckwheat)

    Fallopia scandens (formerly Polygonum scandens)
    Photo of several decurrent false asters in bloom

    Decurrent False Aster

    Boltonia decurrens
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    Endangered

    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)
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    Horseweed (Canada Fleabane, Hog Weed)

    Conyza canadensis (formerly Erigeron canadensis)
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    Indian Hemp (Dogbane)

    Apocynum cannabinum
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    Poisonous

    Photo of Japanese knotweed

    Japanese Knotweed

    Fallopia japonica
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    Invasive

    Photo of midwestern arrowhead male flowers and buds.

    Midwestern Arrowhead

    Sagittaria brevirostra
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    Edible

    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of New England aster plants with flowers

    New England Aster

    Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae)
    Photo of pokeweed plant with dangling stalks of ripe and unripe berries.

    Pokeweed

    Phytolacca americana
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    Poisonous

    Photo of purple loosestrife flowering stalks showing purple flowers

    Purple Loosestrife

    Lythrum salicaria
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    Invasive

    Photo of common gerardia plant with flowers

    Slender False Foxglove

    Agalinis tenuifolia (formerly Gerardia tenuifolia)
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    Slender Mountain Mint

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
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    Edible

    Photo of soapwort plants and flowers

    Soapwort (Bouncing Bet)

    Saponaria officinalis
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    Poisonous

    Photo of southern blue flag iris plants with flowers

    Southern Blue Flag (Virginia Iris)

    Iris virginica
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    Poisonous

    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

    Star of Bethlehem cluster of plants with flowers

    Star of Bethlehem

    Ornithogalum umbellatum
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    Poisonous

    Photo of a starry campion flower
    Photo of swamp milkweed, three plants with flower clusters.

    Swamp Milkweed

    Asclepias incarnata
    Photo of water lily pads and flowers on a pond

    Water Lilies

    Nymphaea spp.
    Photo of water smartweed plant and flower cluster

    Water Smartweed

    Persicaria amphibia (formerly Polygonum amphibium)
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    Watercress

    Nasturtium officinale (syn. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
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    Edible

    Photo of white crownbeard plant with flowers

    White Crownbeard

    Verbesina virginica
    Photo of white heath aster flowers

    White Heath Aster

    Symphyotrichum pilosum (formerly Aster pilosus)
    Photo of white snakeroot leaves and flowers

    White Snakeroot

    Ageratina altissima (formerly Eupatorium rugosum)
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    Poisonous

    Photo of wild potato vine flowers and leaves

    Wild Potato Vine

    Ipomoea pandurata
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    Edible