Nothing is more frustrating than going on a nature walk and taking tons of photos of wildflowers, then arriving back home only to not be able to identify what's in the picture. There is a multitude of native wildflowers in the Midwest region of the United States. Wisconsin alone has approximately 128 different wildflowers that have been cataloged. The ability to distinguish between the various native Midwestern flowers expands your appreciation for Mother Nature's artistic talents.
Look for a good flower identification book specific to the Midwest region. Check local public libraries or garden centers for well-researched books on the topic. Read through the flower guide book to become familiar with local wildflower names and characteristics.
Take a nature walk in an area with many different wildflowers. Hike in a state park that boasts a large variety of wildflowers. Sign up for a tour of the state park with a local guide who discusses the list of the native flowers. Ask questions about the flowers to learn helpful tips on how to classify them.
Notice the shapes of the leaves, style of the flower bud, colorization of the flower and arrangement of the plant's leaves. These clues assist in establishing the type of wildflower. Practice pinpointing wildflowers when out walking through nature trails or parks. Check out some books with colorful photos of wildflowers at the library and apply these identification methods.
Record the characteristics of the flower so that it can be recognized later. Take a photograph of the flower in question to capture the details needed to catalog the plant. Draw a sketch of the flower in a journal with some colored pencils. Note any unusual markings of the flower and write down a brief description of the plant near the drawing.