About Our Wildflowers
Monarda citriodora (Lamiaceae)
A hardy native to the Midwest and southern United States, this flower is a member of the mint family and has distinctive square stems. The blooms are deep purple to lavender and surrounded by colored bracts. It grows in various soil types, prefers full sunlight, and can tolerate very dry conditions. This is a stately plant, excellent for cutting.
Rudbeckia hirta (Asteraceae)
This stiff, upright native to the eastern United States has become endemic throughout North America. The Black-Eyed Susan is probably the most common American wildflower and a great addition to funeral seed packets. The characteristic brown, domed center is surrounded by bright yellow ray florets. It thrives in most soils in full sun and forgives neglect. When cut, it has a vase life of 6 to 10 days.
Rudbeckia amplexicaulis (Asteraceae)
A hardy native to the southeastern United States, this flower has naturalized throughout most of North America. The identifiable black, cone-shaped heads are surrounded by bright yellow, drooping re-flexed ray flowers. It prefers full sun in various soil conditions and often forms dense colonies in moist areas. It is heavy re-seeder and wonderful for cut arrangements and future memorial seedpackets.
Coreopsis tinctoria (Asteraceae)
This flower is a hardy, upright native to the southern United States that has spread throughout much of North America. Its is a prodigious bloomer and has vibrant yellow flowers with maroon centers, making it a colorful addition to memorial seed packets. It prefers full sun in various soil types.
Red Corn Poppy
Papaver rhoeas (Papaveraceae)
Add color to your funeral seed packets with this hardy native to Europe that has naturalized throughout the United States. The large 2- to 4-inch blooms are fire engine red with purplish-black centers on individual stems. It prefers well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. This flower performs best if sown in late fall in the southern regions of the U.S. or in early spring in the northern regions of the U.S.
Silene armeria (Caryophyllaceae)
Catchfly is an attractive native to Europe that has naturalized throughout the United States. The generous rosy pink flowers are arranged in compact clusters radiating from a slender stem. It thrives in full sun or partial shade in various soil types, making it a versatile memorial seed option. The stem exudes a sticky sap that captures small insects that try to steal nectar without pollinating the flowers; hence, the common name Catchfly.
Lobularia maritima (Brassicaceae)
A hardy native to Southern Europe, this flower has naturalized throughout the United States. Dense clusters of tiny snow-white flowers bloom continuously throughout the growing season if the spent blossoms are trimmed back. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and in almost any soil. It produces a seemingly endless parade of blooms and a sweet aroma, making it a perfect funeral keepsake for guests.