Photo of bluebells, or Virginia cowslip, plants with flowers

    Bluebells (Virginia Cowslip)

    Mertensia virginica
    Photo of common milkweed flower cluster

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca
    Photo of harbinger of spring flower clusters with coin to show size

    Harbinger of Spring

    Erigenia bulbosa
    Photo of several Indian pipe plants with flowers, rising out of leaf litter.

    Indian Pipe

    Monotropa uniflora
    Photo of a large-flowered gaura inflorescence

    Large-Flowered Gaura

    Oenothera filiformis (formerly Gaura longiflora, G. biennis)
    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of several pinesap plants showing multiple flowers per stalk.

    Pinesap (False Beech Drops)

    Monotropa hypopitys
    Photo of spring cress flower clusters

    Spring Cress (Bitter Cress)

    Cardamine bulbosa
    fork and knife icon

    Edible

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of tick trefoil plant with flowers

    Tick Trefoils (Sticktights; Beggar's Lice)

    Desmodium spp. (17 species in Missouri)
    Photo of white heath aster flowers

    White Heath Aster

    Symphyotrichum pilosum (formerly Aster pilosus)