Spring Wildflowers

May is a great time to look at wildflowers. Any small woods will have at least some of the spring wildflowers in bloom. More kinds of woodland wildflowers bloom in spring than at any other time of the year. Why do you think this happens? When is there the most sun energy available to wildflowers growing in the woods?

Visit a woodland in your neighborhood or in a park. How many kinds of flowers can you find? Can you identify what kinds they are by looking them up in a fieldguide? Visit My Wildflowers for pictures of some of the common spring woodland wildflowers which can be found in the Northeastern United States. Bloom Times for Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians has pictures plus information about when different plants flower which you could compare to your own area. 

Why do plants produce flowers? (Visit our Why Plants Have Flowers page for some ideas.) What do they become? What harm does it do to pick wildflowers? Try to find out interesting history and natural history about the plants you see. 

The New England Wildflower Society has information about protecting wildflowers and growing them. 

If you have a shady area in your yard or at school, you could grow woodland wildflowers. Never dig wildflowers up from the wild. Go to a nursery that sells native wildflowers that have been propagated, not collected from the wild. For some tips on growing wildflowers, visit the Wildflowers portion of the GardenWeb website.
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