Wildflowers are plants that grow in every state in the USA, except for Alaska. They are very common, and can be found growing wild in every state that has temperatures between ninety and ten degrees Fahrenheit. Most of them belong to the lily family (Apiaceae). There are two basic distinguishable species, and they are, the Bearberry plant and the Purple Coneflower.
The Bearberry plant belongs to the Lepidium meyenii species, while the Purple Coneflower is a member of the Odontoglossum species. Both have flowers that have tubular blossoms. They grow in fields, along roads, along sidewalks, and other such areas.
To describe a Wildflower by its scientific name, the plant must be assigned to at least one genus. The most common is the Bearberry (Cinnamomum ulmaricum), with about thirty species known. Most of these are native to the Great Plains, and consist mainly of a bushy group of perennial herbs. A few are found in Mexico and Central America, and a few in the West Indies and South America.
The most common Wildflower species in the United States is the Bearberry (Cinnamomum ulmaricum). It is the most common of the Wildflowers commonly found in North America. It grows from a few inches tall, in a dense clump, with a whitish lining on the undersides of its leaves, to a width of only a few inches. Its flowers are of a bluish color.
The second most common Wildflower, and quite possibly the most poisonous, is the Pokies (Prunus pareira) or Ring-wing. There are about forty different species, all of which grow wild all over the continent of North America. They belong to the Lamiaceae family of plants, which includes the orchid family. Wild mushrooms are the largest of the Wildflowers; they are about one foot across. Their name comes from their tendency to hang in a ring or cloud around a tree; the rings themselves become the Dieta when they dry out.
A few Wildflowers, such as the Wildflower, Paphiopedilum, contain a toxic chemical called Diplocarponin. This chemical is so toxic that it causes death in three days if an overdose is taken, even after washing the skin thoroughly with soap and water. Two other common Wildflowers that produce toxins are the Bearberry (Cinnamomum xanthocarpum) and the Pokie (Phellodendron amurense). In fact, bearberry flowers can cause dermatitis, eczema, or even ulcerative colitis; the chemical that produces this toxic chemical, Diplocarponin, is present in the flower’s petals and leaves. And the pokie, which has a pleasant fruity smell, is commonly found growing wild in areas near highways, streams, canyons, meadows, near highways, and near wildlife refuges.
Some Wildflowers that can be found growing wild in your neighborhood or in your garden are the Bearberry (Cinnamomum xanthocarpum), the Paphiopedilum, or more commonly the Paphiopedilum ovatum (also known as P. ovata); the Wildflower (Phellodendron amurense), the Ptychopetalum, or the Pyracantha, and the Black Eyed Susans or Black Eyed Susan. All these can be identified as being part of the Pterophyllum family of plants. Wildflowers are commonly noted for their annual flower blooms and their ability to attract bees, butterflies, and other insects that help control weed growth and increase pollination. Other common species of Wildflowers would be the Bearberry (Cinnamomum xanthocarpum), the Paphiopedilum, or the Ptychopetalum.
The Wildflowers that we have listed above are in the same category as our Wildflowers, which are actually a subfamily of Grass. The Wildflowers, however, do not have flowers and stems; rather, they have a single celled structure known as a rhizome. Each cell has a prostrate gland, and the cell walls are covered with a gelatinous substance, such that a plant that could be a Wildflower would not have a prostrate gland. All Wildflowers are the members of a grass family, and all members have the ability to grow both aerial and terrestrial plants, whereas a grass cannot grow either singly nor in a circle. All members of the Grass family are essentially green in color, but variations of the Wildflowers can be red, orange, pink, blue-green or pale yellow in color.