Many folks find wildflowers that turn up in their cultivated gardens a nuisance and make haste to eliminate them, however I like them . They deliver color to our woodlands, pastures and meadows . Some also can provide medicinal remedies if used properly as a tea or a topical application . If you cannot identify the plant , leave it alone as some plants are poisonous . some of the plants that are poisonous are also copy cat varieties of beneficial wildflowers . I cannot stress this too many times, KNOW YOUR PLANTS.
Each flower can have a different pollinator . Some flowers are pollinated by bees, some by ants, butterflies and hummingbirds. Some also pollinate themselves by blowing in the wind or an animal brushing the flower as it walks by closely.
Jewel Weed has the ability to propagate itself by having seed pods that burst when touched . This flower is pollinated by bees. Jewel Weed has orange funnel shaped flowers with bright red dots on them . The unique thing about Jewel Weed is that wherever this plant is found , poison ivy is growing close by. This wild flower , Jewel Weed , is used to treat poison ivy rashes in commercial preparations as well as home remedies .
Indian Cucumber root is an edible tuber , the Paw Paw has an edible fruit, Witch Hazel has an edible seed and the leaves and bark can be used to treat insect bites and bruises . It is also an astringent. Many other wild flowers , too many to mention here , also provide us with natural benefits.
There are many books written on the subject and many locations on the internet to research . Before you pull that wild flower that is invading your garden please do yourself a favor and check it out first . Along with the beauty there are many more qualities to enjoy.
The flowers that I mentioned are always found in the Eastern U.S. but other locations are also host to most of them . An easy place to start your search for wild flower seeds and products is here in the message attached.
I’m starting new plants in the green house . An update on the development will come soon .
Have a great day , Grandma Jean