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Native Flowers of the United States

The United States has a diverse ecosystem that allows for many species of plants and flowers to grow. The native flowers of the United States vary in location as well as color and shape. Some of these flowers can grow in extreme climates while others need specialized moderate climates to live. Most of these plants just bare beautiful flowers while others, like the prickly pear cactus, bare fruit. All of them can be found growing wild in the United States.

The Prickly Pear Cactus is a product-evaluation resilient plant that often lies flat on the ground, and under excellent conditions in a garden, can grow to one to two feet in height. It will also propagate large pads and produce beautiful yellow flowers. This meandering cactus produces red, bristle-covered, pear-like fruit giving it the name “Prickly Pear”. It is a native flower of the United States just east of the Rocky Mountains in the southwestern U.S. The plant grows well in dry soil in open pine forests and prairies, as well as pastures, but also does well as a potted plant or in a rock garden.

Another flower that is native to the United States is the Echinacea purpurea, or Eastern Purple Coneflower. They are an ornamental flower used in most native gardens. The blooms have an orange center and dark pink petals that surround it. Butterflies find this flower quite attractive, as do small birds. It is famous for is medicinal uses in alleviating rashes as well as boosting the immune system. This flower prefers moist and well-drained soil, but can tolerate dry conditions and are good for shade gardens. It can grow between three and five feet tall. It can be found wild in open woods and low lying areas, as well as prairies and roadsides. It inhabits the areas between Georgia to Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and has been introduced eastward.

A beautiful flower common to the sandy, well drained soil of Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska is the purple beard tongue. It has very rich violet flowers measuring two inches long that bloom in tight clusters on twelve to thirty inch stems. This native flower can provide terrific color contrast if planted with Missouri Primrose. Phlox paniculata is a native flower common to the eastern United States. It is known more commonly as perennial phlox. It is usually found along streams as well as open woods. They form in colonies usually standing thirty to thirty-six inches tall and is covered in rosy-lavender or soft pink flowers that are about one and a half inches in size. It is a favorite in wild gardens because of its beautiful fall flowers, and requires little to no maintenance. They are usually covered in butterflies.

The United States is covered in diverse terrain and extreme climate ranges that range from tropic to arctic. It is also covered with different landforms like mountains and plains, even deserts and swamps. It is because of these significant terrain and climate ranges that the United States can carry a variety of plant life. Everything from flowers that only bloom at night, to plants that only bloom in the harsh desert, this country has it all. There are many native flowers to the United States and we should enjoy them all.

Graeme Olsen is a senior contributor at the Discount Flowers Blog. Read more of his articles

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