Wild Flowers of America

There is nothing more beautiful than a field of naturally growing wildflowers. Yet, you can create a mini version in a small outlying area of your property or dabbled among your perennial plants. Choose a mixture of many different kinds or one or two specific wildflower varieties. They are easy to grow. Many of the seeds are very small. When this is the case, break up the ground with your shovel and scatter the seeds. Then, walk on top of them to adhere the seeds to the soil.

California Poppy

The California poppy is the state flower for California. It is a perennial in warmer locations, seen along roadsides and in home gardens. In colder regions, it is grown as an annual flower. It's an easy plant to grow, requiring just average moisture and any soil except heavy clay. If you have a clay-based soil, prepare it by working in a 2-inch layer of compost before seeding. This bright orange bloom was named (scientific, Eschscholzia) after a Russian surgeon. It is native to western North America.

Black Eyed Susan

The black eyed Susan is an easy wildflower to grow from seed. Best yet, it reseeds itself. You will enjoy this flower as it pops up year after year. It has a deep brown, domed center with golden petals in a daisy-like shape. The plant grows up to 3 feet tall, blooming June through August, depending on the location. It is Maryland's state flower, although it is commonly seen in many states throughout America. Sow it 1/16 of an inch below the soil surface after the ground has warmed in early to mid spring.

Shasta Daisy

The Shasta daisy is the variety of daisy that is seen in the florist shops. This plant has large blooms of white petals and yellow centers on long stems. This perennial (comes back each year) plant grows up to 3 feet in height at maturity. Plant them for an all-over effect, at 1/16 of an inch deep, or in clumps. This is also an excellent flower to plant in pots, throughout the garden, on the front porch, deck or patio. It blooms in June and July, depending on the location, after seeding in warm soil during early spring. You will have better success if you add compost to the soil before seeding. The Shasta daisy loves rich soil in full sun to partial shade locations.

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