Jan Phillips' award-winning book, Wild Edibles of Missouri, was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a PDF. Download it to learn how to turn wild Missouri plants into biscuits, fritters, jellies, juices, pancakes, pies, salads, soups, wines and more. Color illustrations help you identify plants that are poisonous or have poisonous parts. -Check it out!

Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Make a certain ID and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction.


    Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

    Alcohol Inky

    Coprinopsis atramentaria (formerly Coprinus atramentarius)
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    Edible

    Illustration of American basswood leaves, flowers, fruits.
    Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

    American Ginseng

    Panax quinquefolius
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    Edible

    Illustration of American hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

    American Hazelnut

    Corylus americana
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    Edible

    Photo of lotus in pool at Duck Creek CA

    American Lotus

    Nelumbo lutea
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    Edible

    Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

    Ash Tree Bolete

    Boletinellus merulioides
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    Edible

    Illustration of autumn olive leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Autumn Olive

    Elaeagnus umbellata
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Photo of bastard toadflax plant with flowers

    Bastard Toadflax

    Comandra umbellata (formerly C. richardsiana)
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    Edible

    Photo of bearded tooth, white round beardlike mushroom growing from tree trunk

    Bearded Tooth

    Hericium erinaceus
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    Edible

    Photo of beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster

    Beefsteak Plant

    Perilla frutescens
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    Edible

    Photo of beefsteak polypore, a rust-colored bracket fungus growing on tree base

    Beefsteak Polypore

    Fistulina hepatica
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    Edible

    Photo of Berkeley's polypore, fresh, young specimen.

    Berkeley’s Polypore

    Bondarzewia berkeleyi
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    Edible

    Illustration of black cherry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Black Cherry

    Prunus serotina
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    Edible

    Illustration of black gum flowers and fruits.

    Black Gum

    Nyssa sylvatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of black haw leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Black Haw

    Viburnum prunifolium
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    Edible

    Illustration of black hickory compound leaf and fruit.

    Black Hickory

    Carya texana
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    Edible

    Photograph of a black morel mushroom

    Black Morel

    Morchella angusticeps (formerly M. elata)
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    Edible

    Photo of black mustard flower cluster

    Black Mustard

    Brassica nigra
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    Edible

    Photo of two black trumpets, dark brown vase-shaped mushrooms on mossy ground

    Black Trumpet

    Craterellus cornucopioides (C. fallax)
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    Edible

    Illustration of black walnut compound leaf and nuts.

    Black Walnut

    Juglans nigra
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    Edible

    Photo of black-staining polypore, a mushroom with tan, wavy, fan-shaped caps

    Black-Staining Polypore

    Meripilus sumstinei (formerly M. giganteus)
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    Edible

    Blewits

    Blewit

    Lepista nuda (Clitocybe nuda; Tricholoma nudum)
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    Edible

    Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers

    Bradbury Beebalm

    Monarda bradburiana (sometimes M. russeliana)
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    Edible

    Illustration of bristly greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruit

    Bristly Greenbrier

    Smilax hispida (syn. S. tamnoides var. hispida)
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    Edible

    Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

    Bull Thistle

    Cirsium vulgare
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    Edible

    Illustration of butternut compound leaf and nuts.

    Butternut

    Juglans cinerea
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    Edible

    Photo of Carolina false dandelion flowerhead.

    Carolina False Dandelion

    Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
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    Edible

    Illustration of catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Catbrier

    Smilax bona-nox
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    Edible

    Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

    Cattails

    Typha spp.
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    Edible

    Image of smooth chanterelle

    Chanterelles

    Cantharellaceae (various members of family)
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    Edible

    Photo of a chicory plant.

    Chicory

    Cichorium intybus
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    Edible

    Illustration of chinkapin oak leaf.

    Chinkapin Oak (Chinquapin Oak)

    Quercus muehlenbergii
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    Edible

    Photo of a cinnabar chanterelle, vase-shaped red-orange mushroom

    Cinnabar Chanterelle

    Cantharellus cinnabarinus
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    Edible

    Photo of two comb tooth mushroom clusters growing on a fallen log.

    Comb Tooth

    Hericium coralloides (formerly H. ramosum)
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    Edible

    Illustration of common blackberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Common Blackberry

    Rubus allegheniensis
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    Edible

    Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.

    Common Dayflower

    Commelina communis
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    Edible

    Photo of common evening primrose, closeup of flowers.

    Common Evening Primrose

    Oenothera biennis
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    Edible

    Photo of common ground cherry flower

    Common Ground Cherry

    Physalis longifolia
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    Edible

    Illustration of hackberry leaves, stem, fruit.

    Common Hackberry

    Celtis occidentalis
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    Edible

    Photo of cluster of common laccaria, small brownish pink mushrooms, in grass

    Common Laccaria

    Laccaria laccata
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    Edible

    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 common sunflower

    Common Sunflower

    Helianthus annuus
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    Edible

    Photo of common violet

    Common Violet

    Viola sororia
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    Edible

    Photo of corn salad plant flower clusters showing arrangement of buds.

    Corn Salad

    Valerianella radiata
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    Edible

    Photo of cluster of pinkish crown-tipped coral mushrooms growing on rotting log

    Crown-Tipped Coral

    Artomyces pyxidatus (formerly Clavicorona pyxidata)
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    Edible

    Illustration of dewberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Dewberry

    Rubus flagellaris
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    Edible

    Photo of dittany flowers

    Dittany

    Cunila origanoides
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    Edible

    Illustration of downy serviceberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Downy Serviceberry

    Amelanchier arborea
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    Edible

    Top-view photo of three dryad's saddles, a tan bracket fungus, growing on wood

    Dryad’s Saddle

    Polyporus squamosus
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    Edible

    Photo of eastern cauliflower mushroom, tan and white cauliflower-like mushroom

    Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom

    Sparassis spathulata (S. herbstii)
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    Edible

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