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.


    Illustration of American hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

    American Hazelnut

    Corylus americana
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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 beefsteak plant showing upper leaves and flower cluster

    Beefsteak Plant

    Perilla frutescens
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    Edible

    Illustration of black haw leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Black Haw

    Viburnum prunifolium
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    Edible

    Illustration of black walnut compound leaf and nuts.

    Black Walnut

    Juglans nigra
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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

    Illustration of catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Catbrier

    Smilax bona-nox
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    Edible

    Photo of common dayflower flower and buds.

    Common Dayflower

    Commelina communis
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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 common sunflower

    Common Sunflower

    Helianthus annuus
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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

    Photo of Florida lettuce flower closeup with syrphid fly

    Florida Lettuce (Woodland Lettuce)

    Lactuca floridana
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    Edible

    Illustration of fragrant sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Fragrant Sumac

    Rhus aromatica
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    Edible

    Illustration of frost grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Frost Grape

    Vitis vulpina
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    Edible

    Photo of garlic mustard plant with flowers

    Garlic Mustard

    Alliaria petiolata
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Illustration of greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

    Greenbrier

    Smilax glauca
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    Edible

    Photo of ground plum, top of plant, showing flowers and several leaves.

    Ground Plum (Milk Vetch)

    Astragalus crassicarpus (formerly A. mexicanus)
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    Edible

    Photo of the upper portions of two Jerusalem artichoke plants.

    Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunflower Artichoke)

    Helianthus tuberosus
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    Edible

    Photo of a huge mass of kudzu vines covering trees and ground

    Kudzu

    Pueraria montana
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    Edible

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    Invasive

    Photo of mayapple colony looking like numerous green umbrellas on forest floor

    Mayapple

    Podophyllum peltatum
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    Edible

    Illustration of Missouri gooseberry leaves, flowers, fruits

    Missouri Gooseberry

    Ribes missouriense
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    Edible

    Illustration of New Jersey tea leaves, flowers, fruits.

    New Jersey Tea

    Ceanothus americanus
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    Edible

    Photo of Ohio horsemint inflorescence

    Ohio Horsemint

    Blephilia ciliata
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    Edible

    Illustration of overcup oak leaf.

    Overcup Oak

    Quercus lyrata
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    Edible

    Illustration of pawpaw leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Pawpaw

    Asimina triloba
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    Edible

    Illustration of pecan leaf and fruit.

    Pecan

    Carya illinoinensis
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    Edible

    Illustration of persimmon leaves, branch, fruit.

    Persimmon

    Diospyros virginiana
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    Edible

    Photo of dense stand of prairie blazing star or gayfeather at Pawnee Prairie

    Prairie Blazing Star (Gayfeather)

    Liatris pycnostachya
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    Edible

    Illustration of red mulberry leaves and fruits.

    Red Mulberry

    Morus rubra
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    Edible

    Illustration of riverbank grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Riverbank Grape

    Vitis riparia
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    Edible

    Photo of self-heal flower head

    Self-Heal (Heal-All)

    Prunella vulgaris
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    Edible

    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

    Illustration of smooth sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Smooth Sumac

    Rhus glabra
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    Edible

    Photo of Solomon’s seal flowers and leaves

    Solomon's Seal

    Polygonatum biflorum
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    Edible

    Illustration of spicebush leaves, flowers, fruit.

    Spicebush

    Lindera benzoin
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    Edible

    Photo of smooth sumac.

    Sumacs

    Rhus spp.
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    Edible

    Illustration of summer grape leaves, flowers, fruit

    Summer Grape

    Vitis aestivalis
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    Edible

    Photo of woolly sweet cicely flower clusters

    Sweet Cicely (Anise Root)

    Osmorhiza claytonii and O. longistylis
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    Edible

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of wild bergamot or horsemint plant with lavender flowers

    Wild Bergamot

    Monarda fistulosa
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    Edible

    Photo of a young grapeleaf, probably raccoon grape

    Wild Grapes

    Vitis species
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    Edible

    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

    Illustration of wild plum leaves, flowers, fruits.

    Wild Plum

    Prunus americana
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    Edible

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