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Your Guide to Native Wildflower Regions

Native wildflowers support local ecosystems by providing critical resources for many species of wildlife in every state. Once planted, they require less watering and maintenance than other non-native plants so it is important to identify wildflowers that are suitable for your region.

Find the Right Wildflowers for Your Region

If you would like to offer pollinators a helping hand you can do so by planting native wildflowers in your backyard, in pots or even a window box. Even a small area makes a difference. Whenever it is possible, it is a good idea to plant wildflowers that are native to your area and to choose a mix of plants that bloom throughout the season. To get you started, we have put together a sample of wildflowers native to regions across the US. Just select your region to learn more about the native wildflowers local to you!

Swamp Milkweed

Summer | Perennial

 

These flowers are better started as plants, but can also easily be grown from seeds. Milkweeds take longer to establish than other wildflowers, but are extremely hardy once they've grown and are great for bees and monarch butterflies.

New England Aster

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

These wild flowers are grown in rich, moist soil as these plants tend to wilt in poorly drained clay soil. When planting, make sure to provide good air circulation, keeping in mind the large spreading area.

Wild Bergamot

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The Wild Bergamot is plant known for its medicinal qualities. Native Americans used leaf tea for colic, flatulence, colds, fevers, stomach aches, nosebleeds, insomnia, and heart trouble.

Evening Primrose

Summer | Biennial

 

Evening Primrose is so named for its habit of only showing its attractive flowers late in the day, similar to four o’clock, though it does leave them open until around mid-morning the following day.

Black-eyed Susan

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The Black-eyed Susan is part of the sunflower family and has similar daisy-like flowers. It’s a low maintenance flower that is easy to grow from seed. Plant them directly in the garden in spring or summer for a beautiful, bright addition.

Purple Coneflower

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The seeds of the Purple Coneflower usually need to experience a period of cold before they will germinate. They can be placed in a fridge or freezer for a few weeks before planting only if seed packets do not specify that they are ready to go into the soil.

Blazing Star

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

Blazing Star is an easy perennial to grow, but it must have full sun. Plant it in well-drained, light soil. Plants grown from seed will not bloom the first year.

Black-eyed Susan

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The Black-eyed Susan is part of the sunflower family and has similar daisy-like flowers. It’s a low maintenance flower that is easy to grow from seed. Plant them directly in the garden in spring or summer for a beautiful, bright addition.

Lemon Mint

Summer | Annual

 

These plants are typically reseeders and often form large colonies. They can be perennial in warmer areas and are attract both bees and butterflies.

Butterfly Weed

Summer | Perennial

 

The butterfly weed is from the Milkweed family. These are better started as plants, but can also easily be grown from seeds. Milkweeds take a little while to establish but are extremely hardy once they've grown. It’s beautiful flowers typically attract all types of butterflies.

Butterfly Weed

Summer | Perennial

 

The butterfly weed is from the Milkweed family. These are better started as plants, but can also easily be grown from seeds. Milkweeds take a little while to establish but are extremely hardy once they've grown. It’s beautiful flowers typically attract all types of butterflies.

Prairie Blazing Star

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

To achieve good plant growth for the Prairie Blazing Star it requires both sun and adequate moisture. Dry conditions can cause leaf loss and too little sun may cause twisted growth.

Brown-eyed Susan

Fall | Perennial

 

The Brown-eyed Susan is easy to grow, but does best in full sun or light shade in sandy, loamy soil. It prefers moderate moisture, but is drought tolerant once established. It will bloom in year two.

Purple Coneflower

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The seeds of the Purple Coneflower usually need to experience a period of cold before they will germinate. They can be placed in a fridge or freezer for a few weeks before planting only if seed packets do not specify that they are ready to go into the soil.

Evening Primrose

Summer | Biennial

 

Evening Primrose is so named for its habit of only showing its attractive flowers late in the day, similar to four o’clock, though it does leave them open until around mid-morning the following day.

Prairie Aster

Mid/Late Summer | Annual

 

The Prairie Aster is typically a reseeder and easy to grow.

Blanket Flower

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The Blanket Flower is a resilient wildflower with a long blooming season and bright, lovely petals. They is an easy flower to grow that likes heat and well drained soil.

Blue Flax

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

Choose a sunny site with well-drained, sandy soil for the Blue Flax to grow in. Direct planting is preferred. This plant is also known for its erosion control.

Mexican Hat

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

This vibrant red flower has drooping petals that resemble a sombrero, hence the name. It is a drought tolerant plant that withstands competition.

Black-eyed Susan

Summer, Fall | Perennial

 

The Black-eyed Susan is part of the sunflower family and has similar daisy-like flowers. It’s a low maintenance flower that is easy to grow from seed. Plant them directly in the garden in spring or summer for a beautiful, bright addition.

Join the Movement and Spread our Mission

Once you decide on what native wildflowers to plant, pick up a pack of seeds from your local store and plant One Square Foot in your backyard. Nurture your wildflowers and watch them grow. Share your progress on social media with #PlantWildflowers and encourage others to join the movement!