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  Wildflowers
  


Now that the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to look for wildflowers! Ohio has over 200 varieties of wildflowers, including Queen Anne’s lace, wild strawberries, cattails, and water lilies.

Since wildflowers are rooted, they need help to produce new plants. All flowers depend on the wind, birds, and insects to carry their pollen from blossom to blossom. This process allows them to make seeds. Each flower has developed its own unique way to attract pollenating helpers, either with colorful petals or a fragrant scent.

People are attracted to wildflowers, too. They surprise us with their friendly blooms on the side of the road, in between cracks in the sidewalk, and in the middle of the forest. While beautiful, wildflowers are best left in the ground. When picked they will often wilt before being placed in a vase and rarely survive if replanted. Since many species of wildflowers are becoming rare and endangered, take the time to appreciate the beauties where they naturally grow and leave them for others to enjoy as well.

 

Did You Know?

  • There are over 250,000 known species of wildflowers in the world!  
  • Honeybees are attracted to yellow, orange, blue, and lavender. Hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to reddish flowers. Moths prefer white or light-colored flowers – especially ones that bloom at night!
  • Some wildflowers adapt so well that they interfere with other plants. We consider these wildflowers weeds. Examples of these types of wildflowers are the common dandelion, buttercups, and ox-eye daisies.
  • Wildflowers have been traditionally included in certain foods and medicines. Recipes commonly used dandelions, violets, and chicory. However, it is not a good idea to pick and eat wildflowers because some can be poisonous or sprayed with pesticides! 

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Websites

To learn more, check these websites: 

Ohio Wildflowers

U.S. Wildflowers

Identifying Wildflowers