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Missouri: Native Shrubs

These websites are about shrubs and small trees that are native to Missouri, and include physical descriptions of the plants, ways in which they have been used by Native Americans, and their uses today. There are also ideas for using native plants to create gardens and habitat for wildlife. Included are eThemes resources on native trees and wildflowers.


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Students can explore this alphabetical database of native plants. Choose "Botanical Name" or "Common Name."
Students can look at pre-designed native flower gardens in this two-page PDF file.
This article from the Missouri Conservationist discusses the practical uses of native plants, inlcuding ways that they can be incorporated into school curicula.
This article from the Missouri Conservationist discusses landscaping with native shrubs and gives descriptions of several useful species.
This extensive online database of native plants can be seached by plant type, plant family, or state. Each species has a description and most contain images and links to related articles. NOTE: This site contains an online store.
This index provides images and descriptions of indigenous plants used by Native Americans for food and medicine, as well as some technological and ceremonial uses. NOTE: While this site was developed in the northeast, most of the species listed here are also found in the plains region.
This searchable database contains extensive information about plants used for food, medicine, dyes, and fibers by Native Americans. Links within results go directly to plant profiles provided by the USDA. NOTE: Reading level is too advanced for younger students, but this site contains valuable background information for teachers.
Click on the red dots on this interactive map to read about the native plants that could be growing around you. NOTE: While this site was developed in the northeast, most of the species listed here are also found in the plains region.
This factsheet from the Missouri Native Plant Society lists reasons to include native species in your landscape and gives provides a list of choices. This is a two-page PDF file.
Explore this site to learn about the advantages of using native plants in the garden, how to create a backyard habitat at home or at school, or see project ideas. NOTE: This site contains ads and an online store.
This page is a sepcies profile of Witch Hazel, a common native Missouri shrub once used for dowsing.
This site discusses some of the native plants used for medicine by Native Americans and early settlers, including willow, sassafras, sumac, maples, and juniper.
This page profiles five different sumac species, including physical descriptions and uses.
This is an article about medicinal plants of the Ozark region as used in folk medicine. There are many illustrations and black and white photographs. NOTE: eThemes does not endorse eating any of the plants discussed.
These sites provide information about native trees in Missouri. The information includes scientific and common names, growing conditions, uses, pictures, a timeline, and a lesson plan. There are links to eThemes Resources on gardening, trees, and Missouri wildflowers.
Wild and native plants provide biodiversity. Learn about the native wildflowers of Missouri. Includes a link to an eThemes resource on gardening.

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