Wildflower List

Indian Blanket is a kind of flower with a ring of petals with three points each that surround a roughly half-sphere of pokiness, but doesn't hurt to the touch.
The flowers of Indian Blankets (Gaillardia pulchella), also called Firewheels, stand out and can persist for a long time. Photo: Richard Covey

Looking to fill a yard, park, or balcony with native wildflowers? Check out our list of good options! Each of these are either native to Beidler or to the lowcountry in general and should grow well (granted, some need highly saturated soils so choose accordingly).

Common Name Scientific Name Blooming Season Bloom/Berry Color
Swamp Azalea Rhododendron viscosum Early Spring Pink
Horse Sugar Symplocos tinctoria Early Spring Pale Yellow
High Bush Blueberry Vaccinium elliottii Early Spring White
Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida Early Spring White
Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis Early Spring Pink
Serviceberry Amelanchier laevis Spring White
Strawberry Bush Euonymus americanus Spring Magenta with red berries
Virginia Sweetspire Itea virginica Spring White
Common Elderberry Sambucus nigra ssp canadensis Spring White
Spicebush Lindera benzoin Spring Yellow-green with red berries
Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum Spring White with red berries
Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum Spring White
Atamasco Lily Zephyranthes atamasco Spring White
Tulip Poplar Liriodendron tulipifera Spring Yellow and Orange
Fetter-bush Lyonia lucida Spring White to pale pink
Lizard's Tail Saururus cernuus Late Spring White
Partridgeberry Mitchella repens Late Spring White with red berries
Purple Passionflower Passiflora incarnata Late Spring Purple with yellow stamens
Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica Late Spring Red with green interior
Swamp Dogwood Cornus foemina Late Spring White
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis Spring - Summer White
Dandelion* Taraxacum officinale Spring - Summer Yellow
Yellow Star-grass Hypoxis micrantha Spring - Summer Yellow
Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea Spring - Summer Red
Red Buckeye Aesculus pavia Spring - Summer Red
Climbing Hydrangea Decumaria barbara Early Summer White
Butterweed Packera glabella Early Summer Yellow
Trumpet Creeper Campsis radicans Early Summer Orange
Climbing Butterfly Pea Centrosema virginianum Summer Light Purple
Common Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis Summer White
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Summer Yellow
Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Summer Orange
Swamp Leatherflower Clematis crispa Summer Pale Pink
Horrid Thistle Cirsium horridulum Summer White to pale purple - Has spines!
American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana Summer Pink blossom, magenta berries
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Late Summer Red
Fewflower Milkweed Asclepias lanceolata Late Summer Red-orange
Sensitive Partridge Pea Chamaecrista nictitans Late Summer Yellow
Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata Late Summer Yellow
Spotted Beebalm Monarda punctata Late Summer Pale green with pale purple
Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculata Summer - Fall Yellow
Lavender Lobelia Lobelia inflata Summer - Fall Purple
Blue Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora Summer - Fall Purple
Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella Summer - Fall Red with yellow
False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides Late Summer - Fall Yellow
*We're serious! If you want to bring pollinators into your yard as fast as possible, you have can a yard of dandelions in just one season. You can also make tea out of them and use their leaves in salad!
Swamp Azaleas have clusers of roughly conical-shaped flowers that open up outward one one end, and from them stretch long, thin stamens.
Swamp Azaleas (Rhododendron viscosum) are fragrant and showy flowers. Photo: Richard Covey
Butterfly Pea are sort of round, flat flowers with a lump near the top center, this hides the nectar that insects want. They sort of remind me of landing pads.
Climbing Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum) is a delicately thin vine with flowers that seem way too large for its own good. Photo: Richard Covey
Cardinal Flowers are tall, thin tubes with three petals coming out of the bottom of the end with tall straight stamens coming out of the top.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) can be so intense in color that it can be difficult to photograph. Photo: Richard Covey
Butterweed is a round flower with roughly 8-12 petals surrounding a central lump. Despite its name it is poisonous, don't eat it.
Butterweed (Packera glabella) is a cheerful flower that is quick to take advantage of disturbed terrain. For the record, it also does not taste like butter (nor is it not safe to eat). Photo: Richard Covey
Lizard tail is named for it's shape, it stretches outward straight for a ways before curving down abruptly and then curving up again.
Lizardtail (Saururus cernuus), is a fun, dramatic flower but you'll need to plant it in an area that floods on occasion or along the edges of ponds. Photo: Richard Covey
Bloodroot has very large flat petals with pointed ends and a tiny center.
Don't let the name Blood Root (Sanguinaria canadensis) dissuade you, it has a very lovely flower. Photo: Richard Covey

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