Wildflowers: Lovely and Easy to Grow

Just because wildflowers are common and widespread doesn't mean they don't hold their own unique beauty. Wildflowers are both hardy and delicate. With their ability to thrive in a variety of climates and proliferate to the point of even becoming a nuisance, these plants are truly admirable in their adaptability. To create your own meadow of wildflowers, simply find a mix that is appropriate for your location, and sow in the spring after the possibility of frost.


Baby-Blue-EyesBaby Blue Eyes- Staying under a foot tall, this adorable little wildflower grows quickly and begins flowering early on in the spring. Its bushy, bright green leaves give way to saucer shaped light blue flowers with five petals and a white ring in the center. It is found in every region of North America, from zone 3-10. It prefers light soil that is slightly moist and well-drained soil.




Black-Eyed Susan - One of the most popular wildflowers, Black Eyed Susan can usually be seen blanketing fields of flowers with a golden hue. These flowers can get up to two feet tall and are found throughout the US. Black-Eyed Susan is named for its dark-brown center, which is surrounded by daisy-like golden yellow leaves. They are ideal cut flowers and are wonderful for growing in borders.



CornflowerCornflower - This stunning wildflower has one of the truest blues in the flower world. This intensely blue flower is comprised of several papery ray florets which are clustered around a central disc of smaller petals. Growing up to two feet tall, it can be found in every region of the US, except in North Carolina, where it is prohibited as an invasive plant. Cornflower is one of the easiest wildflowers to grow.


FoxgloveFoxglove - Towering over other wildflowers, foxglove can grow up to 6 feet tall. From its tall spiky stalk hang multiple, tubular flowers with spots on the inside. These dramatic plants come in shades of pink, red, purple, white, and yellow. They are easy to grow and make excellent cut flowers.


GodetiaGodetia - Also known as farewell-to-spring, this flower pops up just as the temperatures start to rise at the end of spring. It is found in most of North America, and its flowers are satiny shades of pink and red with contrasting splotches of white. It makes a great cut flower or container plant.



Maximilian sunflower - These giants can get up to 8 feet tall, and their large, bright yellow flower heads are supported by a thick stalk covered in short white hairs. What few leaves it may have are staggered along its stalk, which can get up to 12 inches in length. Each flower stands alone on its stalk and is comprised of up to 40 golden florets encircling a central disk. Though the Maximilian sunflower is only native to the Southwestern US and the plains regions, it can actually be grown almost anywhere nationally.



Prairie-AsterPrairie Aster -
Prairie Aster, also known as "Tahoka Daisy,” is actually not a form of aster at all; although they look similar in their blooms. The flowers are a vibrant purple color, and the petals are centered around a golden yellow disk. It grows very quickly in regions 5-9, and it blooms in early spring and summer.





Queen Anne's lace - A flower used in many childhood craft projects, Queen Anne's lace’s flowers sit solitary atop a tall stalk. The flower is flat-topped and is actually comprised of tight clusters of tiny flowers. It grows in every region of North America, and can be used as cut flowers and dyed. Queen Anne's lace can get up to four feet tall. It blooms from mid-summer to early fall.



Rocket-LarkspurRocket Larkspur - This variation of Larkspur can get up to three feet tall, and its vibrant flowers come in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. Rocket Larkspur's many spurred flowers grow from one spiky stalk. It is native in all regions of North America, although it prefers a lot of moisture. This plant makes a great cut flower and can be dried, as well.




Sweet-AlyssumSweet Alyssum - Sweet Alyssum grows in all regions of North America. In warmer climates, it will grow as a perennial. In cooler climates, it grows as an annual. Its clusters of many tiny flowers range in color from bright white to pale purple, and it will bloom throughout the spring and summer. Sweet Alyssum is great for baskets and container planting, as the tiny clusters of flowers spill over the edges of the container and create a soft, frothy look.



Texas-BluebonnetTexas Bluebonnet - Though it is only native to eastern and southern Texas, Texas bluebonnet can actually be grown in any region of the US. A member of the lupine family, its tall plume of flowers run along a singular spike. Flowers are a vivid shade of blue, and will sometimes have areas of white or pink. Texas bluebonnet makes a lovely cut flower, and it can be grown as an annual in colder regions.




Source: http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/


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