The wildflowers of New York are of great species and with a great variety. It certainly interests any type of flower lover. Wildflowers are beautiful, fragrant, and colorful. Wildflowers can also be grown in gardens. These flowers have mixed hybrid varieties that are grown in different colors and characteristics.
There is a wide variety of wildflowers in New York. Trout lily, wild daffodil, common dandelion, yellow hawkweed, common blue violet, sweet white violet, ground ivy, garlic mustard, greater celandine, agave, alder, and periwinkle are some of the more common wildflowers.
The New York State Highway Authority Wildflower program was implemented in 2000 to improve the visual appeal and aesthetics of the Highway system. It also saves maintenance costs by reducing the amount of grass that needs to be cut and making the trip more enjoyable. The program selected several locations in New York City. Different species of wildflowers are planted by tracking growth rate, weed growth, and aesthetic value.
Wildflowers occur primarily in purple and blue flowers; pink, red and orange flowers; yellow and gold flowers; and white flowers. Wildflowers like desert lupine, sand verbena, and desert willow are some of the types of wildflowers available in the colors purple and blue. Ocotillo, strawberry cactus, and fairy duster are some wildflowers found under the colors pink, red, and orange. Creosote bush, cinchweed, desert sunflower, and dune sunflower are some of the wildflowers that are available in yellow and gold colors.
The popularity of wildflower gardens is increasing as gardeners in general are more concerned with nature. Some wildflowers, such as the New York aster, are also known for their edible and medicinal use.
New York wildflowers are seasonal in nature. Spring wildflowers are those that bloom from late April to early June, summer wildflowers are those that bloom from late June to August, fall wildflowers are generally those that bloom from September to November, and winter wildflowers are those that bloom from December to January or March to early April. One has the gift of seeing these wildflowers from early spring to late fall, in a multitude of colors, sizes, and shapes. New York City is fortunate to have these flowers in abundance.