Types of Flowers



The types of flowers that mark our days and seasons come in many forms and colors.

Their power stems as much from their ability to relay an emotional thought as with their ability to promote healthy soils and beautiful landscapes.

For comprehensive coverage, the encyclopedic effort of the Flora of North America project provides a great starting place for understanding the subject of native North American plants. The project identifies approximately twenty thousand species, spanning thirty volumes.

While no way a match for the Flora of North America project, the native North American flowers presented in this section account for many popular garden flowers.

In North America, February marks the traditional start of native flower bloom time, especially in and around the southern areas such as California (Anza Borrego State Park), Florida and Texas.

Flower blooming time then moves north, continuing through the spring and summer, with blooms popping out of the ground along the plains, prairies, valleys and mountains from coast to coast. Come fall, mushrooms take center stage.

Botanists and gardening enthusiasts promote native plants typically, but not always, as low maintenance garden plants, in need of little extraordinary preparation or care. As such, native plants offer organic gardeners excellent flower choices.

The fifteen native Dodecatheon species, better known as shooting stars, provide a good example of the point. Primarily a western genera, only two of the fifteen species make their mark in the central and eastern portions of the continent. Their otherwise large ranges means they grow in a variety of habitats, including woodlands and meadows. Establishing them in the garden can be difficult. While the internet provides ready access to seeds, the seed germination can be complex, including a six week cold storage of the seeds to simulate the seed's natural, winter dormant season. Select nurseries also provide seedlings.

picture of shooting stars

Once established in a garden, shooting stars tend to grow consistently year to year. Slight differences in petal color often serve as visual aides for field identification.

Flowers from a few families such as orchids and carnivorous require specialized soil and generally grow as greenhouse specialities.

Currently the types of flowers listed in the box point to the most popular garden flowers. The link to "more flowers" provides a more comprehensive review of the different types of native North American flowers that make their way into back yard gardens. They get arranged according to themes, some by color, others by flower family. Flowering plant diversity in all areas of North America means that under most circumstances, planning a native garden capable of supporting species from a dozen different flower families would fit in the comparatively low time investment category.

Nature Clip Art

The transition from the web 1.0 to web 2.0 environment meant that CSS design replaced many of the traditionally used design icons and fonts. Consequently, the Nature Clip Art section reduced to a handful of flower clip art images permanently placed on this page to accompany the native flower pictures and video.

Please right click on your mouse to download one to your computer for use in reports and newsletters. The specific flower drawings in this set, an anemone, bleeding hearts, brodiaea, buttercups, chicory and hedge-nettle come from an old field guide, and consequently sit in the public domain.

anemone flower clip art
clip art of some bleeding heart flowers in nature
a drawing of a brodiaea flower
buttercup clip art drawing
this clip art is a black and white drawing of a chicory flower
black and white hedge-nettle clip art

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