Jan Phillips' award-winning book was published in 1979 and is now out of print. We've preserved it here as a set of PDFs. Download all 21 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.


Mushrooms

Photo of an alcohol inky mushroom cut in half lengthwise.

Alcohol Inky

Coprinopsis atramentaria (formerly Coprinus atramentarius)
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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

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

Bearded Tooth

Hericium erinaceus
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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

Photograph of a black morel mushroom

Black Morel

Morchella angusticeps (formerly M. elata)
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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

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

Image of smooth chanterelle

Chanterelles

Cantharellaceae (various members of family)
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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

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

Common Laccaria

Laccaria laccata
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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

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

Photo of an elegant stinkhorn mushroom, a pink column covered with brown slime

Elegant Stinkhorn

Mutinus elegans
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Edible

Photo of many tan fairy ring mushrooms, some uprooted, growing in grass

Fairy Ring Mushroom

Marasmius oreades
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Edible

Photo of a fawn mushroom, which is a brownish gray, gilled, capped mushroom

Fawn Mushroom

Pluteus atricapillus (formerly P. cervinus)
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Edible

Photo of two Frost's boletes, red mushrooms with pores, at different angles

Frost’s Bolete

Boletus frostii
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Edible

Photograph of cluster of mature gem-studded puffball mushrooms

Gem-Studded Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum
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Edible

puffball mushroom

Giant Puffball

Calvatia gigantea (Langermannia gigantea)
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Edible

Photo of golden chanterelles, yellow and white vase-shaped mushrooms

Golden Chanterelle (Girolle)

Cantharellus cibarius
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Edible

Photo of green cracking russula, greenish-capped, gilled mushroom

Green Cracking Russula

Russula virescens
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Edible

Photograph of a half-free morel mushroom

Half-Free Morel

Morchella punctipes (formerly M. semilibera)
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Edible

Photo of three hedgehog mushrooms, two show tan cap, third shows teeth under cap

Hedgehog Mushroom

Hydnum repandum (Dentinum repandum)
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Edible

Photo of hen of the woods, large round mass of grayish mushrooms

Hen of the Woods (Maitake)

Grifola frondosa
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Edible

Photograph of several hexagonal-pored polypores, tan bracket fungi

Hexagonal-Pored Polypore

Polyporus alveolaris (formerly Favolus alveolaris)
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Edible

Photo of young, yellow-phase honey mushrooms.

Honey Mushroom

Armillaria mellea
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Edible

Photo of indigo milky, bluish gilled mushroom, with cuts bleeding blue sap

Indigo Milky

Lactarius indigo
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Edible

Photo of ling chih, a shiny, hard, rust-colored bracket fungus, growing on tree

Ling Chih (Lingzhi; Reishi Mushroom)

Ganoderma lucidum
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Edible

Photo of lobster mushroom, which is orange-yellow and finely bumpy

Lobster Mushroom

Hypomyces lactifluorum
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Edible

Photo of two meadow mushrooms, at different angles, white with pinkish tan gills

Meadow Mushroom

Agaricus campestris
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Edible

Photo of mica cap cluster, bell-shaped, brown, capped mushrooms

Mica Cap

Coprinellus micaceus (formerly Coprinus micaceus)
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Edible

Photo of common morels growing on forest floor

Morels

Morchella species
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Edible

Photo of an old man of the woods, a grayish, pored mushroom with a shaggy cap

Old Man Of The Woods

Strobilomyces floccopus
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Edible

Photo of oyster mushrooms growing on a tree trunk

Oyster Mushroom

Pleurotus ostreatus and P. pulmonarius
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Edible

Photo of pale chicken of the woods.

Pale Chicken of the Woods

Laetiporus cincinnatus
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Edible

Photo of two pallid boletes, tan mushrooms, one upturned to show pores under cap

Pallid Bolete

Boletus pallidus
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Edible

Photo of a parasol mushroom.

Parasol

Macrolepiota procera (Lepiota procera)
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Edible

Photo of many crowded pear-shaped puffballs growing on a stump.

Pear-Shaped Puffball

Lycoperdon pyriforme (Morganella pyriformis)
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Edible

Photo of 2 peppery milkies, white, gilled mushrooms, on ground

Peppery Milky

Lactarius piperatus
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Edible

Photo of several purple-gilled laccarias, tan-lavender mushrooms

Purple-Gilled Laccaria

Laccaria ochropurpurea
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Edible

Photo of an aging Ravenel's stinkhorn, a column-shaped fungus with dark spores

Ravenel's Stinkhorn

Phallus ravenelii
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Edible

Photo of several reddening lepiota mushrooms, one showing gills and stem ring.

Reddening Lepiota

Leucoagaricus americanus (Lepiota americana)
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Edible

Photo of resinous polypore, a bracket fungus with rust-colored top

Resinous Polypore

Ischnoderma resinosum
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Edible

Photo of young, golden cluster of ringless honey mushrooms on forest floor

Ringless Honey Mushroom

Armillaria tabescens (Armillariella tabescens)
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Edible

Photo of rooted collybia, tan, thin-stalked gilled mushroom

Rooted Collybia

Xerula furfuracea (Collybia radicata var. furfuracea)
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Edible

Photo of scarlet waxy cap, a small mushroom with reddish conical cap

Scarlet Waxy Cap

Hygrocybe coccinea (Hygrophorous coccineus)
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Edible

Photo of shaggy mane cluster, rounded cylindrical mushrooms growing in grass

Shaggy Mane

Coprinus comatus
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Edible

Photo of smooth chanterelles, vase-shaped yellow and white mushrooms

Smooth Chanterelle

Cantharellus lateritius
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Edible

Chicken of the Woods

Sulfur-Colored Chicken of the Woods

Laetiporus sulphureus
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Edible

Photo of big cluster of turkey tails, bracket fungus with concentric color rings

Turkey Tail

Trametes versicolor
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Edible

Two-colored Bolete

Two-Colored Bolete

Boletus bicolor
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Edible

Photo of three voluminous-latex milkies, tan mushrooms, of different sizes

Voluminous-Latex Milky

Lactarius volemus
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Edible

Photo of witches' butter, a yellow gelatinous bloblike fungus

Witches’ Butter

Tremella mesenterica
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Edible

Photo of wood ear mushroom, which looks like a brownish human ear stuck to a log

Wood Ear (Tree Ear)

Auricularia auricula (formerly A. auricula-judae)
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Edible

Photo of common morels growing on forest floor

Yellow Morel (Common Morel)

Morchella esculentoides (formerly M. esculenta)
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Edible

Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines

Illustration of American basswood leaves, flowers, fruits.
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

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

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

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

Illustration of chinkapin oak leaf.

Chinkapin Oak (Chinquapin Oak)

Quercus muehlenbergii
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Edible

Illustration of common blackberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

Common Blackberry

Rubus allegheniensis
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Edible

Illustration of common elderberry leaves, flowers, fruits

Common Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis
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Poisonous

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Edible

Illustration of dewberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

Dewberry

Rubus flagellaris
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Edible

Illustration of downy serviceberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

Downy Serviceberry

Amelanchier arborea
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Edible

Illustration of frost grape leaves, flowers, fruit

Frost Grape

Vitis vulpina
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Edible

Illustration of greenbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

Greenbrier

Smilax glauca
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Edible

Illustration of hackberry leaves, stem, fruit.

Hackberry

Celtis occidentalis
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Edible

Illustration of New Jersey tea leaves, flowers, fruits.

New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus
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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

Illustration of pignut hickory leaf and fruits.

Pignut Hickory

Carya glabra
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Edible

Illustration of red grape leaves, flowers, fruit

Red Grape

Vitis palmata
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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

Illustration of round-leaved catbrier leaves, flowers, fruits

Round-Leaved Catbrier

Smilax rotundifolia
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Edible

Illustration of sand grape leaves, flowers, fruit

Sand Grape

Vitis rupestris
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Edible

Illustration of shellbark hickory leaf and fruits.

Shellbark Hickory

Carya laciniosa
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Edible

Illustration of smooth sumac leaves, flowers, fruits.

Smooth Sumac

Rhus glabra
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Edible

Illustration of spicebush leaves, flowers, fruit.

Spicebush

Lindera benzoin
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Edible

Illustration of summer grape leaves, flowers, fruit

Summer Grape

Vitis aestivalis
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Edible

Illustration of swamp chestnut oak leaf.

Swamp Chestnut Oak (Basket Oak)

Quercus michauxii
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Edible

Illustration of white mulberry leaves and fruit

White Mulberry

Morus alba
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Edible

Photo of a young grapeleaf, probably raccoon grape

Wild Grapes

Vitis species
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Edible

Illustration of wild plum leaves, flowers, fruits.

Wild Plum

Prunus americana
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Edible

Illustration of winter grape leaves, flowers, fruit

Winter Grape

Vitis cinerea
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Edible

Wildflowers, Grasses and Other Nonwoody Plants

Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

American Ginseng

Panax quinquefolius
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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 bastard toadflax plant with flowers

Bastard Toadflax

Comandra umbellata (formerly C. richardsiana)
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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 black mustard flower cluster

Black Mustard

Brassica nigra
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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

Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

Bull Thistle

Cirsium vulgare
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Edible

Photo of Carolina false dandelion flowerhead.

Carolina False Dandelion

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus
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Edible

Photo of several cattail flowering stalks

Cattails

Typha spp.
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Edible

Photo of a chicory plant.

Chicory

Cichorium intybus
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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

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 dittany flowers

Dittany

Cunila origanoides
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Edible

Photo of eastern prickly pear plant with flowers

Eastern Prickly Pear

Opuntia humifusa (formerly O. compressa)
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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

Photo of garlic mustard plant with flowers

Garlic Mustard

Alliaria petiolata
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Edible

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Invasive

Photo of green dragon plant showing flower and leaves.

Green Dragon

Arisaema dracontium
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Poisonous

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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 henbit plants with flowers

Henbit

Lamium amplexicaule
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Edible

Photo of Jack-in-the-pulpit plant showing foliage and flowering structure

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum
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Poisonous

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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

Image of Johnny-jump-up.

Johnny-Jump-Up (Field Pansy)

Viola bicolor
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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

Photo of midwestern arrowhead male flowers and buds.

Midwestern Arrowhead

Sagittaria brevirostra
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Edible

Photo of Ohio horsemint, several blooming stalks

Ohio Horsemint

Blephilia ciliata
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Edible

Photo of orange day lily flower

Orange Day Lily

Hemerocallis fulva
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Edible

Photo of blooming passionflower

Passion Flower

Passiflora incarnata
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Edible

Photo of pokeweed plant with dangling stalks of ripe and unripe berries.

Pokeweed

Phytolacca americana
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Poisonous

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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

Photo of a Queen Anne's lace flower cluster, seen from the top
Photo of self-heal flower head

Self-Heal (Heal-All)

Prunella vulgaris
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Edible

Photo of shepherd’s purse plant and flowers

Shepherd’s Purse

Capsella bursa-pastoris
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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

Photo of Solomon’s seal flowers and leaves

Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum biflorum
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Edible

Photo of a spatterdock flower held against a leaf

Spatterdock (Yellow Pond Lily)

Nuphar advena (formerly N. lutea)
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Edible

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

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 toothwort plant with flowers

Toothwort

Cardamine concatenata (formerly Dentaria laciniata)
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Edible

Photo of violet wood sorrel plant with flowers

Violet Wood Sorrel

Oxalis violacea
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Poisonous

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Edible

Photo of water shield showing leaves and a flower

Water Shield

Brasenia schreberi
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Edible

Photo of watercress flowers

Watercress

Nasturtium officinale (syn. Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)
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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 wild ginger flower

Wild Ginger

Asarum canadense
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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

Photo of wild potato vine flowers and leaves

Wild Potato Vine

Ipomoea pandurata
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Edible

Photo of wild strawberry plant with flowers

Wild Strawberry

Fragaria virginiana
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Edible

Photo of wood nettle leaves at top of plant.

Wood Nettle (Stinging Nettle)

Laportea canadensis
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Edible

Photo of yellow rocket flower clusters

Yellow Rocket

Barbarea vulgaris
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Edible

Photo of yellow violet plant with flower

Yellow Violet

Viola pubescens (formerly V. pensylvanica)
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Edible

Photo of yellow wood sorrel plant showing flowers and leaves.

Yellow Wood Sorrel

Oxalis stricta
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Edible