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Bluebells, lilies, poppies, and more: These are the native wildflowers blooming near you


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Bluebells, lilies, poppies, and more: These are the native wildflowers blooming near you

A mountainside filled with orange poppies.

The perfect yard with a green lawn and manicured garden is as American as baseball and apple pie—but that doesn’t mean it’s good for the land.

Lawns and gardens featuring non-native plants, flowers, and grasses require a great deal of water and fertilizer for maintenance. In drier areas of the country, lawn maintenance can drink up three-quarters of a household’s annual water usage, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as half of all water used outdoors for activities like lawn care is wasted due to evaporation and runoff. Meanwhile, fertilizers and weed killers used to maintain non-native turf may contain harmful chemicals that run off into larger bodies of water and contaminate local ecosystems and drinking water.

Many gardeners have turned to native gardening, a technique incorporating plant species that occur naturally within an ecosystem, for a more eco-friendly take on the American lawn and garden. These plants then provide food for local wildlife, including butterflies, birds, and other animals native to a region. Pollinating insects, bees, and butterflies help the plants we eat bear fruit and vegetables, further providing a benefit to humans.

Native gardening reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, requires less water, and promotes biodiversity. For states that regularly experience moderate to severe drought, in particular, reining in water by gardening with native plants can more easily promote a healthier environment. Native gardening requires less maintenance, too: Homeowners don’t have to spend as much time or money on mowing, weeding, fertilizing, watering, and maintaining lawn equipment.

For those interested in incorporating native grasses and plants into their yards, Texas Real Estate Source compiled a list of wildflowers native to various U.S. regions from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin. All flowers on this list have bloom times between August and December and are native to one of these six regions of the U.S.: Central Texas, Eastern Woodland, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwestern Desert, and Tallgrass Prairie. The flowers are grouped together by region, and the regions are shown in alphabetical order.



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Melampodium leucanthum

White daisies with orange centers.

Common name: Blackfoot Daisy

Native region: Central Texas, Southwestern Desert



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Gaillardia pulchella

Bright orange and yellow firewheel flowers.

Common name: Firewheel

Native region: Central Texas, Tallgrass Prairie



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Asclepias asperula

Round ball-shaped flowers in light green.

Common name: Antelope-horns

Native region: Central Texas



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Calylophus berlandieri

Delicate, bright yellow flowers.

Common name: Sundrops

Native region: Central Texas



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Commelina erecta

A dayflower with two light blue petals on top and a yellow center.

Common name: Dayflower

Native region: Central Texas



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Cooperia pedunculata

A field of white flowers.

Common name: Rain Lily

Native region: Central Texas



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Eustoma exaltatum

Delicate purple flowers with yellow centers.

Common name: Bluebell Gentian

Native region: Central Texas



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Glandularia bipinnatifida

Light purple flowers.

Common name: Prairie Verbena

Native region: Central Texas



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Lobelia cardinalis

Bright red tall flowers.

Common name: Cardinal Flower

Native region: Central Texas



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Ratibida columnifera

Orange and yellow coneflowers.

Common name: Prairie Coneflower

Native region: Central Texas



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Cornus canadensis

A low green plant blooming with white flowers.

Common name: Bunchberry Dogwood

Native region: Eastern Woodlands



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Cypripedium parviflorum

Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid.

Common name: Yellow Lady’s-slipper Orchid

Native region: Eastern Woodlands



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Cypripedium reginae

Pink and white orchid flowers.

Common name: Showy Lady’s Slipper

Native region: Eastern Woodlands



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Linnaea borealis

Light pink funnel-shaped flowers hanging down.

Common name: Twinflower

Native region: Eastern Woodlands



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Silene virginica

Bright red star-shaped flowers.

Common name: Scarlet Catchfly

Native region: Eastern Woodlands



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Aquilegia formosa

Different color combinations of Western Columbine flowers, including purple, yellow and red.

Common name: Western Columbine

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Chimaphila umbellata

Small pink flowers with green centers.

Common name: Pipsissewa

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Clarkia amoena

Bright pink flowers.

Common name: Farewell To Spring

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Eriophyllum lanatum

Bright orange flowers with a blurred out mountain background.

Common name: Oregon Sunshine

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Erythronium montanum

Large white star-shaped flowers with yellow centers.

Common name: White Avalanche-lily

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Eschscholzia californica

Shades of orange funnel-shaped blooms.

Common name: California Poppy

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Eurybia integrifolia

Light purple flowers with yellow centers.

Common name: Thickstem Aster

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Lilium columbianum

Bright orange Lily with dark orange spots.

Common name: Wild Tiger Lily

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Penstemon newberryi

Bright pink bell-shaped flowers bloom on a rocky mountainside.

Common name: Mountain Pride

Native region: Pacific Northwest



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Chamerion angustifolium

A field full of blooming purple fireweed in front of snow-capped mountains.

Common name: Fireweed

Native region: Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest



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Aquilegia coerulea

Pale purple and white flowers with yellow centers in the foothills of the mountains.

Common name: Rocky Mountain Columbine

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Arnica cordifolia

Yellow Arnica flowers near a small stream in a rocky valley.

Common name: Heartleaf Arnica

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Calochortus nuttallii

A pink Sego Lily cup growing on a rocky mountainside.

Common name: Sego Lily

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Caltha leptosepala

Large white flowers with yellow centers in the marsh.

Common name: White Marsh-marigold

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Campanula rotundifolia

Blue bell-shaped flowers.

Common name: Bluebell

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Cardamine cordifolia

Closeup view of dainty white flowers in front of a lake on a mountain summit with snow on top.

Common name: Heartleaf Bittercress

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Castilleja rhexiifolia

Fire-red flowers growing down a mountainside with the sun setting in the background.

Common name: Splitleaf Indian Paintbrush

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda

Small yellow flowers.

Common name: Shrubby Cinquefoil

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Delphinium barbeyi

Dark purple flowers growing on a green mountainside.

Common name: Subalpine Larkspur

Native region: Rocky Mountains



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Baileya multiradiata

Tiny bright yellow flowers in a dry landscape.

Common name: Desert Marigold

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Enceliopsis nudicaulis

Bright yellow leggy flowers growing in a valley.

Common name: Sunray

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Fallugia paradoxa

Pale pink wispy flowers against a dark blue sky.

Common name: Apache Plume

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Hibiscus coulteri

A yellow funnel shaped flower in front of a desert background.

Common name: Desert Rosemallow

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Kallstroemia grandiflora

Orange Poppies in a green meadow in front of a mountain.

Common name: Desert Poppy

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Mentzelia pumila

Bright yellow flower with bees in the center.

Common name: Dwarf Mentzelia

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Phlox tenuifolia

Field of small white flowers in the middle and pink and purple flowers on the outsides

Common name: Santa Catalina Mountain Phlox

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Psilostrophe cooperi

Yellow flower bush in a desert landscape.

Common name: Whitestem Paperflower

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabra

Yellow flower bush in a desert landscape.

Common name: Badlands Mule-ears

Native region: Southwestern Desert



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Anaphalis margaritacea

White flowers with yellow centers.

Common name: Western Pearly Everlasting

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Asclepias tuberosa

Two orange butterflies on an orange milkweed flower.

Common name: Butterfly Milkweed

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Coreopsis palmata

Bright orange flowers.

Common name: Finger Coreopsis

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Eryngium yuccifolium

Circular prickly looking flowers with stiff stems.

Common name: Beargrass

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Euphorbia marginata

White and green leaves blooming.

Common name: Snow On The Mountain

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum

Bright blue flower with orange center.

Common name: Texas Bluebell

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Glandularia canadensis

Bright violet flowers with tiny petals.

Common name: Sweet William

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Helianthus maximiliani

Yellow Maximilian Sunflower with dark orange center.

Common name: Maximilian Sunflower

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie



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Iris versicolor

Large blue irises with yellow centers in a garden.

Common name: Large Blue Iris

Native region: Tallgrass Prairie

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