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Wildflowers along the David Thompson Highway, Alberta, Canada

By CarolineScott
October 11, 2013

This article discusses a few wildflowers found along the David Thompson Highway in West Central Alberta, Canada, in mid-July. Suggestions for growing them as garden plants are included. While the ideas on growing are given---please do not take plant material from the wild. Obtain the plant material from Native Plant growers/nurseries. Many wildflowers are in danger of extinction due to people harvesting wildflowers in the wild.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Oct 10, 2013 6:57 PM CST
We have lily we call Trout Lily, Erythronium albidum, that takes up to seven years to bloom from seed. Smiling
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Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Oct 10, 2013 7:51 PM CST
A great article, Caroline! Lots of good information, and excellent pics.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Oct 10, 2013 8:07 PM CST
I second that! Totally off-subject, but after traveling a bit in Canada, I noticed that all the highways have actual names. I think that is a nice touch.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Oct 11, 2013 2:29 AM CST
Beautiful flowers and great article Caroline, thank you Thumbs up
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 11, 2013 5:38 AM CST
I really enjoyed seeing some of your Canadian wildflowers. Nice job.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 11, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Love seeing the beautiful wildflowers! And great info about them.

Thank you, Caroline, I enjoyed your article.

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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Oct 11, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Thanks Caroline
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Oct 18, 2013 6:28 AM CST
Great article Caroline!

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