Butterfly milkweed - a prairie wildflower plant. It is found in prairies and sunny grasslands. Caterpillars love this plant, hence the name.
A type of Polygynum grass, I call it Mormon Grass (because the Latin name means many wives). It is a shade tolerant grass.
Daisy - a prairie plant wildflower.
Echinacea, also called purple coneflower - a prairie plant wildflower.
Both purple coneflowers and daisies are found in grasslands and fields. They are members of the Asteridea or Star flower arrangement family.
America lotus - a water plant. This is the flower of the 'water lily pads'.
These photos were taken of naturally occurring wild flowers growing in local city parks and nature areas in St. Louis, Missouri.
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DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups.