Wildflowers that are Toxic to Dogs

Black Nightshade Solanum nigrum

If you have a dog, you know they’ll put anything in their mouth. In your garden or out in the field or park, they’ll chew on sticks, lick leaves and roll in the grass and meadows. If there are wildflowers in the area, they may run the risk of biting … Read more

Wildflowers that are Toxic to Horses


Horses are smart animals and will usually avoid eating plants that are poisonous to them. However, it is important to know which wildflowers are toxic to horses so as to avoid mowing them for hay or planting them in your field. You may also remove them if they are present. … Read more

11 Edible Wildflowers

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Wildflowers are diverse and can be used as a food source for you and your kids. You can forage for edible flowers and leaves in your garden to add color and flavor to your foods. Once you learn to identify the edible wildflowers from the poisonous wildflowers you can eat … Read more

11 Poisonous Wildflowers you Shouldn’t Eat or Touch

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Wildflowers add to the aesthetic appeal of your garden and promote local biodiversity. While some are edible, a variety of wildflowers are harmful and toxic to humans and animals when eaten or touched. Some variants are mild irritants, while some can be deadly to anyone who comes into contact with … Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Wildflowers

Common Dog-violet - Viola riviniana

Many wildflowers are fragile and will wilt and die if they are picked. Others are poisonous and should not be touched or eaten. There are few legal limitations to picking wildflowers in many areas. However, ethically and morally, you should not pick wildflowers because of the environmental ramifications.  Extinction of … Read more

Advantages and Disadvantages of Wildflower Meadows

Wildflower meadows are colorful, vibrant and full of life. Birds, bees and butterflies love an established wildflower garden and enjoy the nectar from flowers. Birds will also feed on small insects in the meadow and fallen seeds. There are many advantages and a few drawbacks to establishing a wildflower meadow. … Read more

How to Plant and Maintain a Wildflower Garden Border

Candytuft (Iberis umbellate)

It is easy to grow wildflowers along garden borders. Pick the right location, the best plants that suit your growing conditions and also which ones you think will look best in your garden. Use the available space on your borders to ensure your wildflowers remain within the allocated area. To … Read more

9 Wildflowers that Love to Grow under Shade

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Wildflowers can grow under different light conditions. Choose the correct wildflowers to plant under trees in your garden. Ideally, wildflowers that require shade will thrive along hedges or if you have towering plants on your lawn. Shade-tolerant wildflowers will grow well in damp soils and spread at different times. 1. … Read more

When Do Wildflowers Bloom?

humming bird feeding on wild flowers

Annual wildflowers begin to bloom 2-3 months after they sprout. Perennials will establish foliage in the first season and then bloom in their second season. The type of wildflower species you plant is a major determinant of when they will bloom.  Annuals They are easy to grow wildflowers as long … Read more

Why Your Wildflowers are Falling Over

wilting wildflowers

Wildflowers typically grow upright under the right conditions. Common reasons for wildflowers falling over are over-fertilization of the soil, large blooms, heavy rains or over-watering, hail, or strong wind. Wildflowers grow well in poor-quality soils without too much moisture. Wildflowers will also fall over because their stems are too weak … Read more