Wild flowers for mom

Gin Lee

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Wild flowers for mom

As a child, I remember running through fields of beautiful wild flowers and butterflies with my arms wide open and hands stretched out so far that the tips of my fingers could touch their blooms. I absolutely loved it and would spend as much time as I was allowed out in the fields of wildflowers each day. Of course, I always made sure to pick my mom a bouquet of wildflowers, even when it wasn't Mother's Day.

Flowers/Photo byRalphs_Fotos / Pixabay

This Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14, 2023, and there's nothing more appropriate than going back to nature to celebrate our moms. Whether you choose to pick wildflowers, buy a wildflower bouquet, or plant a wildflower garden for your mom, I think she'd truly adore the sentiment.

Speaking of sentiments, wildflowers have several symbolic meanings, and three of those are happiness, joy, and remembrance.

Non-toxic flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds

Purple coneflowerPhoto by_Alicja_ / Pixabay

  1. Achillea (Yarrow)
  2. Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)
  3. Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
  4. Aster
  5. Gaillardia grandiflora (Blanket Flower)
  6. Helianthus (Sunflower)
  7. Chrysanthemum maximum (Shasta Daisy)
  8. Coreopsis
  9. Cosmos
  10. Dianthus
  11. Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower)
  12. Lobularia maritima (Sweet Alyssum)
  13. Rudbeckia hirta (black-eyed Susan)
  14. Rosa (Roses)
  15. Verbena bonariensis (Verbena)
  16. Tagetes (Marigold)
  17. Zinnia elegans (Zinnia)
  18. Phlox

Happy Mother's Day/Photo byRitaE

Flowers that do best in cut bouquets

Queen Anne’s lace and lavender are always gorgeous when they're showcased together with baby's breath in a garden. However, Queen Anne's lace doesn't last very long once it's cut. So, you may want to keep that in mind before sniping.

Pair purple wildflowers, white asters, and pom-pom flowers such as yellow daisies and chrysanthemums with sprigs of herbs, wheat, and pampas grass to add texture and stability to wildflower bouquets.

Alstroemeria/Photo byanastasiya_salsa / Pixabay

Flowers that do best in cut bouquets

  1. Alstroemeria: Peruvian lily, lily of the Inca, parrot lily (can last 2-3 weeks when cut)
  2. Baby’s Breath
  3. Bachelor Buttons
  4. Cosmos (easiest to establish in gardens)
  5. Daisies
  6. Snapdragons (a medicinal herb)
  7. Sunflowers
  8. Sweet Peas
  9. Zinnias (easiest to establish in gardens)

Additional wildflowers to consider



Blue-eyed grasses

Blackeyed Susan

Blazing star

California poppy


Coneflowers, purple, and yellow


Dutchman’s breeches


Indian paintbrush

Lilies of the Valley


Virginia bluebells

Wild roses

Woodland Phlox


Pansies/Photo byAnelka / Pixabay

Other non-toxic plants and flowers to consider if your mom has pets

  1. Celosia
  2. Fern Varieties
  3. Orchids
  4. Pansies
  5. Petunia
  6. Roses
  7. Spider Plant
  8. Violets
  9. Various lilies (lilies are safe for dogs but toxic to felines)

Other reasons to consider planting a wildflower garden are that wildflowers usually come back year after year. Once planted, they require little to no effort to grow. This is because wildflowers are a type of flower that grows naturally. They help improve the soil's health and also prevent soil erosion. They're also pollinators for insects such as bees and butterflies, birds, and other wildlife, which ultimately helps our ecosystem. So, they're definitely environmentally friendly, and moms can definitely appreciate that.

Happy Mother's Day!

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