Facts No One Told You about Wildflowers
Wildflowers are beautiful plants and flowers that grow in the wild. This term is particularly used for plants that grow without any human help. Wildflowers can be colorful, fragrant, and brighten up the areas they grow in. You can find wildflowers on hillsides and meadows, alongside rivers and streams, and even in forests. Some interesting facts about wildflowers have been written below.
- Daisies are one of the most common wildflowers. The name, daisy, comes from the term, 'day's eye' because it opens when the day starts and closes when the day ends.
- The flower, Lesser Celandine, is a very common yellow flower that is one of the first to bloom at the beginning of spring. The name is derived from the Greek term 'chiledon', which means swallow. The reason for that is because swallows return to the area during the spring.
- Phlox is a small flower, found commonly in the springtime. The name is derived from the Greek word, phlox, which means flame. It describes the center of the flower that resembles the hues of a flame.
- Bloodroot is a flowering plant that is found in the Eastern regions of the United States. Its root releases a blood-red sap that is used for a variety of medicinal purposes. The plant’s name is inspired by the color of the root’s sap.
- The Dutchman’s Breeches is a white flower that blooms in the spring in Northern America. Once you see the flower, you can observe that the flower looks similar to pants that have been hung out to dry, which is how it got its name.
- The Forget-Me-Not got its name from a historical story. A German knight was gathering these flowers for his lover, and before riding off he said the three words that cemented the flower’s name, ‘Forget me not.’
Wildflower Trails & Reserves
- Crested Butte is the name of a town, located in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Because of the abundance of wildflowers, Crested Butte is often referred to by another name, “Colorado’s Wildflower Capital.”
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a lush forest that consists of a variety of wildflowers blooming all year round. The park boasts over 1,500 types of wildflowers which is how it earned its nickname, "Wildflower National Park".
- Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is located in the Mojave Desert, which is located in California. In the spring, the reserve becomes filled with bright orange poppies. The reserve has an 11km trail through it, which allows people to walk through the poppy fields.
- The longest wildflower trail can be found passing through Incorporated Forest Road and P&G Downy, located in Korea, and is 295.1km long.
Wildflowers in Numbers
- Of the 5,000 species of plants found in Texas, around 2,700 species are wildflowers.
- Daisies are commonly found in most wildlife areas. There are around 4,000 varieties of daisies and they differ in shape, size, color, and location.