Wild Flowers – Introduction
Wild flowers are defined as any variety of flowering plant that was not intentionally planted. Technically, nearly all species of flowers could be considered “wild,” but for the purpose of this report we’ll assume that it refers to wild-growing species that have had no human interference.
Wild flowers come in a staggering number of varieties. After all, there are hundreds of thousands of different flower species throughout the world, if not millions. They are considered a favorite of many people, as they carry with them a certain unspoiled and natural appeal that cultivated varieties aren’t able to replicate.
A great number of wildflowers are hardier and more rugged-looking than the typical varieties you’d find in a suburban garden. Some go so far as to classify many as weeds, even if they aren’t technically a garden pest. Nevertheless, a wildflower garden can easily rival the beauty of a cultivated one, and makes a great alternative – especially for a home in the countryside.
Wild Flowers – Common Species
This report has been put together to help you when planning a wild flower garden. It can also serve as a basic guide to common wildflowers for research and personal interest purposes. The following wild flowers are both popular and enjoyable to look at, and would make great choices to include in your garden.
· Black Eyed Susan – These wild flowers resemble sunflowers in some respects, thanks to their vibrant yellow petals and large dark center clusters. They are members of the aster family (asteraceae). They can grow to four feet in height, but are more commonly found around a two to three foot range, especially in gardens.
These wild flowers bloom in late spring through the summer, and provide a valuable nectar source for butterflies, moths, bees, flies and various beetles. The presence of Black Eyed Susan in your garden can lead to a healthy population of insects, which in turn provides incentive for local birds to take up residence nearby.
· Daisy – The daisy is one of the most popular classics in the world of wild flowers. Long a symbol of truth and purity, they have enjoyed extensive popularity for hundreds of years wherever they are found. Their pleasant appearance is offset by an unpleasant odor, but it is relatively unnoticeable unless you are close to the plant. The inclusion of daisies in your garden will grant it a very natural appearance indeed, and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
· New England Aster – The Aster is one of the more common wild flowers, and is valued due to its abundance of nectar for local insects. In fact, where the aster can be found, it’s a guarantee that all nearby insects that require pollen will visit the plant.
The purple petals and yellow center act as a pleasant addition to any garden, and are perfect if you intend to keep the local insect population strong and healthy. Although insects may be annoying in many cases, they are nevertheless important members of the ecosystem. They pollinate flowers and contribute to growth, while simultaneously providing food for songbirds and small mammals.
· Red clover – Red clover is a favorite of many, young and old alike. These small reddish-purple wild flowers grow wild in fields and grassy areas, and provide excellent and tasty grazing opportunities for local animals. Consider red clover for your garden, as it is very popular amongst honeybees and butterflies.
· Chicory – Chicory is one of the more widely-appreciated wildflowers. Its pleasant blue blossoms liven up any roadside or field, and would make an almost mandatory addition to a wildflower garden. An interesting fact about chicory is that it has long been used as a coffee substitute in Mexico and the Mediterranean. A fresh mug of chicory is still very popular in both of these locations, as well as in the American South.
· Sumac – Although sumac are shrubs instead of wild flowers, they are nevertheless a staple in any location where wild flowers thrive. This shrub can grow up to fifteen feet in height, and makes a great centerpiece of background for a wildflower garden. Sumac can spread quickly, however, so be sure to keep in check lest it overrun the neighborhood.
Wild Flowers – Conclusion
Now that you know a bit more about some of the common varieties of wild flowers, we hope that you’ll be able to put together a successful garden. Not only will a garden of wild flowers prove unique and attractive to guests, it will also provide you with a source of gifts. Collecting a bouquet of fresh wild flowers to present to a friend or family member is a great idea. The natural beauty and peaceful delivery of these plants is enjoyed by people far and wide.
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