Wild flowers are a versatile choice for the garden due to their ability to thrive in shade and sprawling areas without a high level of maintenance. Though wild flowers assimilate to a wide array of sites, be aware of toxic flowers and select self-seeding options for continual growth from one year to the next; learn the names of wild flowers that thrive in the environmental conditions of your region and gardening space.
Jewelweed (Impatiens spp.) is an annual wild flower that displays orange blossoms that resemble a cornucopia, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Bloom time is May through October. The cultivar 'Touch-Me-Not' (Impatiens capensis) is so named because seedpods often break apart when gently touched. Thriving in shade with a preference for moist soil that's rich in humus, jewelweed wild flowers grow to a height of 24 to 48 inches. Plant in any USDA hardiness zone.
Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are perennial wild flowers that display solitary white nodding, or drooping, blossoms and green foliage during the months of April and May. Mayapple flowers are often found as ground cover in woodland areas. Thriving in partial shade with tolerance to partial sun, mayapple wild flowers prefer consistently moist, well-drained soil. These wild flowers grow to a height of 12 to 18 inches, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Plant in USDA hardiness zone 3 to 8.
Pale Purple Coneflower
Pale purple coneflowers (Echinacea pallida) are wild flowers that display blossoms in lavender or pale purple with coned centers, reflective of their names as "coneflowers." Thriving in full sunlight, pale purple coneflower wild flowers prefer well-drained soil with a tolerance for poor soil types. Bloom time is May to June. Pale purple coneflowers grow to a height of 24 to 36 inches. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8, as directed by the University of Illinois Extension.
Shooting Star Flower
Shooting stars (Dodecatheon meadia) are perennial wild flowers that display nodding blossoms in hues of white, pink, lavender or purple. Bloom time is from April through June. Thriving in full to partial shade with tolerance to partial sun, shooting star wild flowers prefer moist, well-drained soil. Shooting star flowers reach a height of 6 to 12 inches. Plant in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8, as suggested by the University of Illinois Extension.