Northeast Native Wildflowers
As forests, wet meadows and grasslands are continually lost, we can play an important role in sustaining habitat for our wild fauna and flora. Here are some great native wildflower plants for the Northeast region, USA. Try and find them in your area and do what you can to preserve their habitat, or plant some of your own!
Joe pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)
-Attracts bees, birds and butterflies
-Got its name from a story about a Native American “Joe Pye” who use this plan to cure fevers. It is said that the American colonists use it to treat an outbreak of typhus
-Grows wild in damp meadows and shores
-Flowers August to September
Stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida)
-Pulls unwanted insects from other areas of a garden
-Tolerant of partial shade and freely self sows
-Blooms April to May
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
-Is a medicinal plant whose flowers and roots can be used to make a tea that strengthens the immune system.
-Native to the North American plains but can be grown in the Northeast
-Grows best in fields or open woods
-Blooms from early summer until frost
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
-Foliage is the favorite food of the Monarch butterfly larvae
-Grows in dry, open soil, roadsides and fields
-Attracts butterflies and similar creatures
-Flowers July to August
As beautiful as they are, wildflowers should not be picked from their natural habitat. The bees, butterflies and birds need them more than we do! Instead of gathering from the wild, consider planting your own (a great regional native wildflower seed source is American Meadows), try buying flower bunches from farmers markets or order pressed flowers online (for pressed flowers try naturespressed.com).