What do you picture of when you think of a wildflower? Perhaps a daisy or something with small, uninteresting flowers? Many US gardeners are unaware of the wide variety of wildflowers that are US natives. Here are some fun facts about four garden plants you might be surprised to find out are also US native wildflower plants.
Fun Facts about Four Garden Plants You Might be Surprised to Find Out are Also US Native Wildflower Plants : Rose
You might not think of roses when you think of US native wildflowers. The US does have some native roses. Some of the US native roses are Rosa woodsii, Woods’ rose, which is native to much of Western America, including much of Canada and Rosa arkansana, the Wild Prairie Rose, which is native to the middle of North America including parts of Canada. Roses native to Eastern US as well as parts of Canada are Rosa setigera, a Climbing Rose, Rosa carolina, the Carolina Rose or Pasture Rose, Rosa palustris, the swamp rose. Instead of being double flowered like many garden roses, wild native roses tend to be single flowered roses or open roses which are easier for beneficial insects to pollinate.
Fun Facts about Four Garden Plants You Might be Surprised to Find Out are Also US Native Wildflower Plants : Sunflower
Many people are familiar with the commonly cultivated large flowers of the Sunflower. Did you know that Sunflower is an American native wildflower plant? Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, the Common Sunflower is native to most of the US (not Hawaii).
Sunflower is an easy to grow wildflower that can be used to attract birds to your garden. You can even grow these flowers from sunflower seed that comes in bird seed. The flowers of the Sunflower produce more bird seed to attract songbirds.
Fun Facts about Four Garden Plants You Might be Surprised to Find Out are Also US Native Wildflower Plants : Passion Flower
There are multiple types of Passion Flowers and each has exotic looking flowers. The exotic looking flowers of Passiflora incarnata are in fact the flowers of a US native wildflower plant. Passiflora incarnata is also known as Maypop or Maypops, Purple Passionflower, True passionflower, Wild Apricot, and Wild Passion Vine and is native to much of Eastern America. There are a few other American native Passion Flowers too. In addition to attracting beneficial insects like butterflies, the Passion Flower vine can grow edible Passion Fruit, although other parts of the plant as well as unripe fruit may contain toxins.
Fun Facts about Four Garden Plants You Might be Surprised to Find Out are Also US Native Wildflower Plants : Dandelion
Dandelion is often thought of as just a common lawn weed. While there are many types of Dandelions, Taraxacum officinale, the Common Dandelion is also an American native wildflower plant. The Common Dandelion is native to most of the US (not Hawaii). In addition to being a native wildflower, dandelion can also be a beneficial weed you can put to work in your garden. Dandelion can attract beneficial insects to your garden and the seeds are eaten by birds like Goldfinches.
From the plain to the extraordinary, US native wildflower plants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some Roses, Sunflowers, Passion Flowers, and Dandelions are US native wildflower plants. These are just a few American native wildflower plants. US native wildflower plants often have wildlife value, are often easier to grow than non-native ornamental plants, and often require less fertilizer and water. Some US native wildflowers are also deer resistant plants. Why not add more to your garden?