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Feed the Wild Bees - Please do not pick wildflowers!
The Ozark ecosystem is a delicate one. No plant produces food for wildlife without pollination. Bees and other pollinating insects keep the ecosystem alive! When you pick a flower you take away much needed food from the insects doing all the work. Worse yet, you remove the seeds from the area the plant is growing thereby reducing the changes of propagation. If each person who saw a wildflower bloom picked just three plants our entire plant population would be in serious jeopardy. Do a hungry bee a favor and leave her food growing!

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Fall in the Ozarks
our web site dedicated to Ozark Fall Foliage

false rue anemone
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False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum)
The name comes from the similar appearance this plant has to the one below. Large colonies appear in late March or early April on wooded slopes and along streams. They like moisture. While the Rue Anemone has 5 to 11 pedals ( sepals), the False Rue usually has only 5 which are more rounded.


rue anemone
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White Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
The Rue Anemone ranges in color from pure white to burgundy. The photo below shows a light lavender color. The Rue Anemone is more common than the False Rue Anemone. You'll spot it in more diverse locations including open spots under trees, or even out in pastures. It tends to be more tolerant of dry soils, but blooms better in years when there have been heavy spring rains.


pink anemone
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Pink Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)
Same as above, just different color.


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Orange Puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)
The Orange Puccoon first blooms in early April and continues blooming through mid June. Blossoms appear when the plant is only two inches high, but the plant grows to a little over a foot high. Large blossom clusters are common, and the plant appears in good-sized colonies along rocky, sandy, or open dry areas.


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