Wildflowers forum: Need To Know Which Plants Are Considered Wildflowers In The U.S?

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 29, 2014 4:38 PM CST
Need To Know Which Plants Are Considered Wildflowers In The U.S?

I want to know ASAP to be able to submit pics to the ATP Wildflowers Category Photo Contest.

Can y'all help please?

Thanks!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 29, 2014 4:44 PM CST
I would think the name says it. Wild Flower as in any flower that grows naturally in the wild.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 29, 2014 5:33 PM CST
how about this site, Marilyn:

http://www.wildflowerinformation.org/RegionListing.asp
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 29, 2014 11:20 PM CST
Jay and Catmint,

Thanks for your help and thanks for a link for a list.

You're right, Jay, I should've thought of that way: "Wild Flower as in any flower that grows naturally in the wild." *Blush*

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 30, 2014 6:58 AM CST

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Well, the list that Catmint provided is very nice, but it includes plants such as African daisy and many others not native to the U.S.
I guess that a plant doesn't need to be native to our area to be able to grow in the wild, but maybe we should be sticking to natives.
You can find the plants native to Kentucky here,
http://www.wildflower.org/plants/combo.php?distribution=KY&h...
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 30, 2014 8:23 AM CST
The photo contest category is "Wildflowers and Natives" so any wildflower would be acceptable.
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 30, 2014 8:33 AM CST

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Yes, I agree, I guess I got carried away, sorry. Smiling
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Oct 30, 2014 8:57 AM CST
frostweed said:Yes, I agree, I guess I got carried away, sorry. Smiling


I certainly understand your point of view.Natives are all I have submitted, even in other categories.


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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 30, 2014 9:19 AM CST

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Thank you Jay, Smiling
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Oct 30, 2014 3:24 PM CST
frostweed said:Well, the list that Catmint provided is very nice, but it includes plants such as African daisy and many others not native to the U.S.


I know, I was noticing that as well! On the other hand, if you pick up a 'wildflower' seed mix, a lot of these same flowers are in it!

Prairie Moon has some nice *native* wildflower offerings.
http://www.prairiemoon.com/
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Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 30, 2014 7:22 PM CST
I like this site even though it is a UK site it has tons on wildflowers
http://www.thewildflowersociety.com/index.htm
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Nov 1, 2014 5:19 PM CST
Thanks Josephine & everyone! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Nov 2, 2014 7:52 AM CST

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You are welcome Marilyn Smiling
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Name: BrendaVR
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BrendaVR
Nov 4, 2014 6:15 PM CST
For telling whats native or introduced/exotic in North America I tend to use the USDA site: http://plants.usda.gov/java/

But yes, for the contest, since it says "Wildflowers and Natives" I think they are open to naturalized exotics.
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Nov 4, 2014 6:53 PM CST
I think BONAP is much better than USDA.
http://bonap.net/NAPA/Genus/Traditional/County
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Nov 4, 2014 7:03 PM CST

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I think all sites have something good and interesting to offer Smiling
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Name: Greene
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greene
Nov 4, 2014 8:34 PM CST
(Except probably for the one I posted from the UK as I had missed the part of the question that said 'in the U.S.') *Blush*
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Dec 12, 2014 5:01 PM CST
The tricky thing to remember when planting is not all wildflowers are native. pick flowes native to your zone when planting otherwise it could do more harm then good .


many many terrible plants were brought over and planted because they looked pretty or had some value at the time, purple loosestrife, common buckthorn and garlic mustard are primie examples in MN..
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST

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You are right, we do need to be careful Smiling
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