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I have been pleasantly surprised by the wildflowers that are still surviving on the property, despite it being scrapped clean over most of it.

When I came here, I wanted to make sure that the natural NATIVE wild flowers that Arkansas is known for were prevalent on my property. I have been four months trying to find seeds.

Unfortunately, most of the internet sources of wild flower seeds don’t pay much attention to the native species, and they kind of clump cut flower mixes into “wildflower” mixes.

I have purchased a few seeds, but don’t want to introduce US wide “wildflowers” into an area where they are not native, so I am moving slowly. Part of that moving slowly is to see what is growing here naturally, and looking them up to ID them.

So far, not many are available on the commercial sites, although I have purchased showy evening primrose, red clover, orange butterfly weed and turks cap lily seeds. Those are growing on the sides of the roads along with queens anne lace and ORANGE milkweed. Haven’t found seeds for those yet.

My property is not inundated with masses of wildflowers like a lot of places in the state are, but they are kind of a steady stream of smaller groupings.

Four months ago it seemed like they were all pink flowering. Right now is the purple zone. Although I did find one yellow one today.

Here is what I have ID’d naturally on my property so far.



Right along the road in June, the mimosa were blooming. I was so excited about that!





There are masses of them on either side of the driveway. Not quite as thick, but blooming at the same time is Goat’s Rue.



The foliage of both are still going strong, although the blooms are done.

Most of the wildflowers I find are in the undisturbed portions of the woods, but one came up on the scrapped bare area of the soil. I found it two days ago and was happy to see it.

I had trouble IDing it. Most are really easy to figure out from and Arkansas wildflower ID site, but this one, I am not sure about. The flowers on the site look a lot bluer than this lavender on my teeny vine, and it really is a TEENY TINY vine, but I think it is something called wild blue vine, or coastal butterfly pea





The problem with that ID is that the flower doesn’t really look like the other butterfly peas that are on my property, which are much larger.

I absolutely adore the Maryland Butterfly Pea







And this last one that I have pictures of I could not… or WOULD not get close enough to because of the area it is in. IT is behind a pile of rotted wood, and deep leaf litter that looks snaky and scorpiony. But the ID was easy, it is a hairy petunia (the blue green foliage) growing in a patch of Maryland Butterfly Pea.


I hope to continue to discover more wildflowers growing in my little patch of earth.
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