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National Wildflower Week: Celebrating the Wonders of Native Wildflowers

MAY 5, 2023
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Native wildflowers are truly a wonder of nature. These plants have a history dating back thousands of years and have adapted over time in their current habitats. Their unique colors, shapes and sizes add to the diversity and beauty of our landscapes. Apart from supporting the needs of local biodiversity, wildflowers have also been valued by humans for their medicinal and culinary properties.

As a way to recognize the importance of these incredible plants, every year, the first week of May is recognized as National Wildflower Week. This week long event gives us plenty of opportunities to reconnect with wildflowers and appreciate their contribution to our planet.

Why do we Celebrate National Wildflower Week?

National Wildflower Week was started in 1987 by the Wildflower Preservation Society, now known as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, to educate people on the importance of recognizing and preserving native wildflowers. Plenty of activities are conducted during this week, including nature walks and informative sessions, to celebrate the beauty of wildflowers and understand the importance of their conservation.

Why are Native Wildflowers Important?

Native flowers play a crucial role in protecting the health of our local ecosystems. They provide an unlimited supply of pollen and nectar to local pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Wildflower meadows also act as crucial habitats for birds and other animals. The root systems of native wildflowers prevent soil erosion and improve soil quality, creating ideal conditions for other plant species to thrive.

Given these benefits and more, it becomes even more important for us to promote and preserve wildflowers for our future generations.

How many Wildflower Species are present in North America?

North America is home to a stunning variety of wildflowers with approximately 20,000* species growing in different regions. You might be surprised to learn that some of these species are already familiar to you. such as the Purple Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan, Wild Bergamot and more.

*Source: https://www.fs.usda.gov/visit/fall-colors/wildflowers-part-pageantry-fall-colors

Celebrate National Wildflower Week with My Home Park

Join us at My Home Park as we celebrate the National Wildflower Week to showcase their organic charm and natural elegance to a wider audience. We believe that it's high time for wildflowers to make a comeback to our yards and local landscapes. By adding native wildflowers to our gardens, we are not only adding beauty to our surroundings but are also doing our bit to preserve the health of our planet.

Among the Wildflowers Native Plant Collection

If you are eager to try growing wildflowers in your yard, My Home Park offers a perfect option for all skill levels Our native plant collection- "Among the Wildflowers" includes ten species of wildflowers and native grasses, which create a beauty visual display. The collection also eliminates the hassle of selecting local wildflower species, germinating seeds and starting a garden from scratch.

Contact us today to learn more on My Home Park can help you bring back the native wilderness that was once a part of every American's life! As we celebrate National Wildflower Week, let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible role that these plants play in our world. Happy National Wildflower Week to all!

Learn more about specific native wildflowers and plants below:

Common MilkweedAsclepias syriaca

Milkweeds are the only host plant for the Monarch butterflies, meaning caterpillars can only eat milkweed plants. Common Milkweed grows in average or dry conditions and will readily reseed if you are interested in creating a lush monarch paradise. Common Milkweed produces light pink flowers in midsummer that attract monarchs, milkweed bugs, and many more pollinators.

Purple ConeflowerEchinacea purpurea

This classic flower shines in any garden with its pink petals and spiky orange cones. Some cultivars lose their pollinator power, but this purple coneflower descends from plants naturally occurring in prairies and is sure to draw in swarms of bees and beneficial insects.

Wild BergamotMonarda fistulosa

The unique flower shape of Wild Bergamot sets this plant apart in the garden! Large pink-purple blooms draw in swarms of butterflies and native bees. Scented foliage provide a nice sensory element. In the winter, wild bergamot's round seed heads add interest to the garden.

Lanceleaf CoreopsisCoreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf Coreopsis starts the summer season with large, buttery yellow, saucer-like flowers that can bloom well into fall, attracting many bees and butterflies. This naturally short-statured, deer-resistant plant has a tendency to spill across the ground like a golden cascade.

Black-Eyed SusanRudbeckia hirta

Black-Eyed Susan produces many blooms over a long period in mid-summer. It's a fast-growing plant that gives a newly installed garden some much needed color while other plants are still establishing.

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