Wildflowers in the Ozarks
Rare Wildflowers of the Ozarks
It flowers from May through September, and can be seen in remnant prairies and open woods. In Missouri, it is known only in the Ozarks.
This rare orchid produces greenish-
yellow flowers in June and July,
and can reach a height of two feet.
In Missouri, it is known to occur in
only five counties.
NPS photo by Dan Swofford
Ozarks Wild Crocus (Tradescantia longipes) This beautiful flower is found in the Ozarks, and nowhere else on Earth. Its variably colored flowers (magenta, purple, purplish-blue) are visible in April and May in heavily forested areas surrounding the Current River and its tributaries.
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For more detailed information and range maps, go to the USDA Plant Database. You can look up any native plant by common or scientific name.
Did You Know?
Cane brakes are thick stands of rivercane, which is much like bamboo. The endangered Swainson's Warbler nests in these thickets. Many stands have been lost to reservoir impoundments throughout the South, but many stands are protected at Ozark National Scenic Riverways. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...