America’s 10 Native Wildflowers

Wildflowers native to this land, growing in the United States. Native wildflowers have evolved to thrive in a variety of local conditions: very hot, dry, humid, or wet. Here are 10 of our favorite native wildflowers to try in your garden.

Common dittany (Cunila origanoides)

Tidy and compact this dry land species has lilac flowers, in autumn, sometimes called “frost flowers” for opening on chilly mornings. Crush its leaves to produce an earthy, spicy aroma.

America's 10 Native Wildflowers

Anise-scented goldenrod (Solidago odora)

Slower to spread than other goldenrod species, this goldenrod thrives in sun and well-drained soils. Beyond being beautiful, its glossy, licorice-scented leaves are also used in herbal teas.

Trailing phlox (Phlox nivalis)

For a pop of white-to-pink in early spring, seek out this slowly spreading, evergreen groundcover. Its flowers sometimes open earlier, bringing a splash of color during mild winter weather.

Rattlesnake plantain (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Rosettes of gray-green foliage highlight greenish-white globes of summer flowers that are a favorite of many pollinators.

Smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve ‘Bluebird’)

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Attractive clumps of blue-green foliage on graceful stems yield abundant late-summer flowers featuring violet-blue rays with vibrant yellow centers.

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Drought-tolerant with clusters of delightfully bright orange flowers that bloom from late spring to early autumn and attract butterflies. The plant is also a host for Monarch butterfly larvae.

Eastern bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana)

Ice-blue flowers in spring and bright yellow foliage in autumn make this neatly clumping plant a knockout. For dry, sandy soils, try the finer-textured A. ciliata (fringed bluestar).

Crested iris (Iris cristata)

Tiny creeper that naturally thrives in dry, wooded environments and impresses with a profusion of blue, lilac, or lavender spring flowers.

Bowman’s root (Gillenia trifoliata)

Shrubby, shade-loving perennial features reddish-purple fall foliage and delicate, starry white spring flowers.

Swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)

Late season golden blooms are accented against dark green leaves on this beautiful perennial.


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