This article will help you learn all about wildflowers. Wildflowers are any of the some 20,000 species of North American flowering plants that grow in the wild, without cultivation. They can grow on their own without tending or assistance.
Most wildflowers are native species and are perfectly suited to their environments. There are many advantages to native flowers. Since they are already adapted to their environments, they need little extra watering – local rainfall should be sufficient. Grown in fields and along highways they reduce the need for grass mowing. They protect the soil and are resistant to pests and disease. Plus, they can attract birds, butterflies and other creatures that depend on them.
The various species of wildflowers that are native to North America come from about 300 different families of flowers. Violets are one of the common wildflowers. They are not all purple – some are yellow and white. Daisies are another favorite, with white petals radiating around a yellow center. The Forget-Me-Not has clusters of small blue flowers. Sunflowers are distinctive, with their bright yellow blooms on tall stalks. Black-Eyed Susans have yellow petals around a dark center. Goldenrod has long blooms with yellow flowers and is the state flower of South Carolina. Thistles have light purple blooms surrounded by a halo of prickles. Evening primrose is also called the sundrop. It has delicate yellow blooms. The Buttercup has small yellow flowers with five petals.
Different regions of the country have different native wildflowers. The Oak-leaf Hydrangea is the state wildflower of Alabama. The Coreopsis was designated the Florida state wildflower in 199. Georgia has the Azalea. Louisiana has the Louisiana Iris and Michigan has the Dwarf Lake Iris. New Hampshire chose the Pink Lady’s Slipper. Ohio’s state wildflower is the Large White Trillium. Oklahoma has the Indian Blanket and Tennessee named the Passionflower as their official state flowers.