About Our Wildflowers

Lemon Mint

Monarda citriodora (Lamiaceae)

A hardy native to the midwest and southern United States. A typical member of the Mint family with its distinctive square stems. Flowers are arranged in whorls stair-stepping up a single stem.  Blooms are deep purple to lavender surrounded by colored bracts. Grows in various soil types and prefers full sunlight. Can tolerate very dry conditions. A stately plant, excellent for cutting.

Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta (Asteraceae)

A stiff, upright native to the eastern United States, but has become endemic throughout North America. The Black-Eyed Susan is probably the most common of all American wildflowers. The characteristic brown, domed center is surrounded by bright yellow ray florets. Thrives in most soils in full sun. A true sunshine worshiper that forgives neglect. When cut has a vase life of 6 to 10 days. Reseeds.

Clasping Coneflower

Rudbeckia amplexicaulis (Asteraceae)

 

A hardy native to the southeastern United States, and has naturalized throughout most of North America. The identifiable black, cone-shaped heads are surrounded by bright yellow, drooping re-flexed ray flowers. Prefers full sun in various soil conditions. Often forms dense colonies in moist areas. A very heavy re-seeder and wonderful for cut arrangements.

Plains Coreopsis

Coreopsis tinctoria (Asteraceae)

 

A hardy, upright native to the southern United States, it has spread throughout much of North America. Leaves are finely divided occurring mostly in the lower portion of the plant. A prodigious bloomer, having vibrant yellow flowers with maroon centers. Prefers full sun in various soil types.

Red Corn Poppy

Papaver rhoeas (Papaveraceae)

 

A hardy native to Europe, which has naturalized throughout the United States. The large 2 to 4 inch blooms are fire engine red vividly marked with purplish-black centers individually borne on erect hairy stems. The foliage remains inconspicuous allowing the flower to express its full beauty. Prefers well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. 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.

Catchfly

Silene armeria (Caryophyllaceae)

 

An attractive native to Europe, but has naturalized throughout the United States. The generous rosy pink flowers are arranged in compact clusters radiating from a slender stem. Thrives in full sun or partial shade in various soil types. The stem exudes a sticky sap that captures small insects that try to steal nectar without pollinating the flowers. Hence, the common name Catchfly.

Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima (Brassicaceae)

 

A hardy native to Southern Europe, but 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. A compact, rapid growing variety which is drought tolerant and heat resistant. Thrives in full sun to partial shade, in almost any soil. Best sown in early spring, seedlings cannot withstand a heavy frost. A seemingly endless parade of blooms. In full bloom emits a sweet aroma.