Definitions of wildflower
  1. noun
    wild or uncultivated flowering plant
    synonyms: wild flower
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    Ranunculus glaberrimus, sagebrush buttercup
    small early-flowering buttercup with shiny yellow flowers of western North America
    pasque flower, pasqueflower
    any plant of the genus Pulsatilla; sometimes included in genus Anemone
    meadow rue
    any of various herbs of the genus Thalictrum; sometimes rhizomatous or tuberous perennials found in damp shady places and meadows or stream banks; have lacy foliage and clouds of small purple or yellow flowers
    sand verbena
    any of various plants of the genus Abronia of western North America and Mexico having flowers resembling verbena
    Allionia incarnata, trailing four o'clock, trailing windmills
    trailing plant having crowded clusters of 3 brilliant deep pink flowers resembling a single flower blooming near the ground; found in dry gravelly or sandy soil; southwestern United States and Mexico
    Calandrinia ciliata, red maids, redmaids
    succulent carpet-forming plant having small brilliant reddish-pink flowers; southwestern United States
    Lewisia cotyledon, siskiyou lewisia
    evergreen perennial having a dense basal rosette of long spatula-shaped leaves and panicles of pink or white-and-red-striped or pink-purple flowers; found on cliffs and in rock crevices in mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California
    Lewisia rediviva, bitterroot
    showy succulent ground-hugging plant of Rocky Mountains regions having deep to pale pink flowers and fleshy farinaceous roots; the Montana state flower
    Calyptridium umbellatum, Spraguea umbellatum, pussy's-paw, pussy-paw, pussy-paws
    pink clusters of densely packed flowers on prostrate stems resemble upturned pads of cats' feet; grow in coniferous forests of western North America
    Talinum aurantiacum, flame flower, flame-flower, flameflower
    plant with fleshy roots and erect stems with narrow succulent leaves and one reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil; southwestern United States; Indians once cooked the fleshy roots
    Antheropeas wallacei, Eriophyllum wallacei, dwarf daisy, woolly daisy
    tiny grey woolly tufted annual with small golden-yellow flower heads; southeastern California to northwestern Arizona and southwestern Utah; sometimes placed in genus Eriophyllum
    Arnica cordifolia, heartleaf arnica
    wildflower with heart-shaped leaves and broad yellow flower heads; of alpine areas west of the Rockies from Alaska to southern California
    Arnica montana
    herb of pasture and open woodland throughout most of Europe and western Asia having orange-yellow daisylike flower heads that when dried are used as a stimulant and to treat bruises and swellings
    false chamomile
    any of various autumn-flowering perennials having white or pink to purple flowers that resemble asters; wild in moist soils from New Jersey to Florida and Texas
    Eurasian perennial herbs having daisylike flowers with yellow rays and dark centers
    golden aster
    any of several shrubby herbs or subshrubs of the genus Chrysopsis having bright golden-yellow flower heads that resemble asters; throughout much of United States and into Canada
    hawk's-beard, hawk's-beards
    any of various plants of the genus Crepis having loose heads of yellow flowers on top of a long branched leafy stem; northern hemisphere
    Encelia farinosa, brittle bush, brittlebush, incienso
    fragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine
    Enceliopsis nudicaulis, sunray
    herb having a basal cluster of grey-green leaves and leafless stalks each with a solitary broad yellow flower head; desert areas Idaho to Arizona
    common erect hairy perennial of plains and prairies of southern and central United States having flowers that resemble sunflowers
    any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
    woolly sunflower
    any plant of the genus Eriophyllum
    any plant of western America of the genus Gaillardia having hairy leaves and long-stalked flowers in hot vibrant colors from golden yellow and copper to rich burgundy
    Gerea canescens, desert sunflower
    slender hairy plant with few leaves and golden-yellow flower heads; sandy desert areas of southeastern California to southwestern Utah and western Arizona and northwestern Mexico
    a plant of the genus Haplopappus
    heliopsis, oxeye
    any North American shrubby perennial herb of the genus Heliopsis having large yellow daisylike flowers
    Chrysopsis villosa, Heterotheca villosa, hairy golden aster, prairie golden aster
    hairy perennial with yellow flower heads in branched clusters; found almost everywhere in dry places from Canada to west central and western United States; sometimes placed in genus Chrysopsis
    Hulsea algida, alpine gold, alpine hulsea
    low tufted plant having hairy stems each topped by a flower head with short narrow yellow rays; northwestern United States
    Hulsea nana, dwarf hulsea
    similar to but smaller than alpine hulsea
    Lasthenia chrysostoma, goldfields
    small slender woolly annual with very narrow opposite leaves and branches bearing solitary golden-yellow flower heads; southwestern Oregon to Baja California and Arizona; often cultivated
    any of various common wildflowers of the genus Leontodon; of temperate Eurasia to Mediterranean regions
    Leontopodium alpinum, edelweiss
    alpine perennial plant native to Europe having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts
    Leucogenes leontopodium, north island edelweiss
    perennial herb closely resembling European edelweiss; New Zealand
    blazing star, button snakeroot, gay-feather, gayfeather, snakeroot
    any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads
    Machaeranthera tanacetifolia, tahoka daisy, tansy leaf aster
    wild aster with fernlike leaves and flower heads with very narrow bright purple rays; Alberta to Texas and Mexico
    Machaeranthera bigelovii, sticky aster
    wild aster having leafy stems and flower heads with narrow bright reddish-lavender or purple rays; western Colorado to Arizona
    Machaeranthera tortifoloia, Mojave aster
    wild aster having greyish leafy stems and flower heads with narrow pale lavender or violet rays; of rocky desert slopes California to Arizona and Utah
    Madia elegans, common madia, common tarweed
    California annual having red-brown spots near the base of its yellow flower rays
    Melampodium leucanthum, blackfoot daisy
    bushy subshrub having flower heads that resemble asters with broad white rays; found in desert areas of Arizona east to Kansas and south to Mexico
    a wildflower of the genus Ratibida
    Senecio bigelovii, nodding groundsel
    plant with erect leafy stems bearing clusters of rayless yellow flower heads on bent individual stalks; moist regions of southwestern United States
    Senecio glabellus, butterweed, ragwort
    American ragwort with yellow flowers
    Senecio triangularis, arrowleaf groundsel
    perennial with sharply toothed triangular leaves on leafy stems bearing a cluster of yellow flower heads; moist places in mountains of western North America
    any of numerous chiefly summer-blooming and fall-blooming North American plants especially of the genus Solidago
    Haplopappus acaulis, Stenotus acaulis, stemless golden weed
    dark green erect herb of northwestern United States and southwestern Canada having stiff leaves in dense tufts and yellow flower heads; sometimes placed in genus Haplopappus
    Tanacetum douglasii, northern dune tansy
    lightly hairy rhizomatous perennial having aromatic feathery leaves and stems bearing open clusters of small buttonlike yellow flowers; sand dunes of Pacific coast of North America
    Hymenoxys acaulis, Tetraneuris acaulis, stemless hymenoxys
    perennial having tufted basal leaves and short leafless stalks each bearing a solitary yellow flower head; dry hillsides and plains of west central North America
    Hymenoxys grandiflora, Tetraneuris grandiflora, alpine sunflower, old man of the mountain
    whitish hairy plant with featherlike leaves and a few stout stems each bearing an especially handsome solitary large yellow flower head; mountainous regions north central United States
    Tragopogon dubius, yellow salsify
    European perennial naturalized throughout United States having hollow stems with a few long narrow tapered leaves and each bearing a solitary pale yellow flower
    Tragopogon pratensis, goatsbeard, meadow salsify, shepherd's clock
    weedy European annual with yellow flowers; naturalized in United States
    Wyethia amplexicaulis, mule's ears
    balsamic-resinous herb with clumps of lanceolate leaves and stout leafy stems ending in large deep yellow flowers on long stalks; northwestern United States
    Wyethia helianthoides, white-rayed mule's ears
    herb with basal leaves and leafy hairy stems bearing solitary flower heads with white or pale cream-colored rays; northwestern United States
    Indian pipe, Monotropa uniflora, waxflower
    small waxy white or pinkish-white saprophytic woodland plant having scalelike leaves and a nodding flower; turns black with age
    Monotropa hypopithys, false beachdrops, pinesap
    fleshy tawny or reddish saprophytic herb resembling the Indian pipe and growing in woodland humus of eastern North America; in some classifications placed in a separate genus Hypopitys
    Sarcodes sanguinea, snow plant
    a fleshy bright red saprophytic plant of the mountains of western North America that appears in early spring while snow is on the ground
    Eustoma grandiflorum, bluebell, prairie gentian, tulip gentian
    one of the most handsome prairie wildflowers having large erect bell-shaped bluish flowers; of moist places in prairies and fields from eastern Colorado and Nebraska south to New Mexico and Texas
    Boykinia elata, Boykinia occidentalis, coast boykinia
    plant with leaves mostly at the base and openly branched clusters of small white flowers; western North America
    Leptarrhena pyrolifolia, leatherleaf saxifrage
    plant with basal leathery elliptic leaves and erect leafless flower stalks each bearing a dense roundish cluster of tiny white flowers; moist places of northwestern North America to Oregon and Idaho
    Lithophragma parviflorum, prairie star
    plant with mostly basal leaves and slender open racemes of white or pale pink flowers; prairies and open forest of northwestern United States to British Columbia and Alberta
    Parnassia fimbriata, fringed grass of Parnassus
    bog plant with broadly heart-shaped basal leaves and cream-colored or white saucer-shaped flowers with fringed petals; west of Rocky Mountains from Alaska to New Mexico
    Tellima grandiflora, false alumroot, fringe cups
    plant growing in clumps with mostly basal leaves and cream-colored or pale pink fringed flowers in several long racemes; Alaska to coastal central California and east to Idaho
    Tiarella unifoliata, false miterwort, false mitrewort
    plant with tiny white flowers hanging in loose clusters on leafy stems; moist woods from Alaska to central California and east to Montana
    a plant of the genus Besseya having fluffy spikes of flowers
    Indian paintbrush, painted cup
    any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bracts
    Collinsia bicolor, Collinsia heterophylla, innocense, purple chinese houses
    white and lavender to pale-blue flowers grow in perfect rings of widely spaced bands around the stems forming a kind of pagoda; California
    Collinsia parviflora, maiden blue-eyed Mary
    small widely branching western plant with tiny blue-and-white flowers; British Columbia to Ontario and south to California and Colorado
    Collinsia verna, blue-eyed Mary
    eastern United States plant with whorls of blue-and-white flowers
    Penstemon barbatus, golden-beard penstemon
    plant of southwestern United States having long open clusters of scarlet flowers with yellow hairs on lower lip
    Penstemon centranthifolius, scarlet bugler
    plant with bright red tubular flowers in long narrow clusters near tips of erect stems; coastal ranges from central California southward
    Penstemon cyananthus, Platte River penstemon
    erect plant with blue-violet flowers in rings near tips of stems; Idaho to Utah and Wyoming
    Davidson's penstemon, Penstemon davidsonii
    mat-forming plant with blue and lavender flowers clustered on short erect stems; British Columbia to northern California
    Penstemon deustus, hot-rock penstemon
    stems in clumps with cream-colored flowers; found from Washington to Wyoming and southward to California and Utah
    Jones' penstemon, Penstemon dolius
    low plant with light blue and violet flowers in short clusters near tips of stems; Nevada to Utah
    Penstemon fruticosus, lowbush penstemon, shrubby penstemon
    low bushy plant with large showy pale lavender or blue-violet flowers in narrow clusters at ends of stems
    Penstemon linarioides, narrow-leaf penstemon
    plant having small narrow leaves and blue-violet flowers in long open clusters; Utah and Colorado to New Mexico and Arizona
    Penstemon newberryi, mountain pride
    mat-forming plant with deep pink flowers on short erect leafy stems; rocky places at high elevations from Oregon to California
    Penstemon palmeri, balloon flower, scented penstemon
    fragrant puffed-up white to reddish-pink flowers in long narrow clusters on erect stems; Arizona to New Mexico and Utah
    Parry's penstemon, Penstemon parryi
    erect stems with pinkish-lavender flowers in long interrupted clusters; Arizona
    Penstemon rupicola, cliff penstemon, rock penstemon
    one of the West's most beautiful wildflowers; large brilliant pink or rose flowers in many racemes above thick mats of stems and leaves; ledges and cliffs from Washington to California
    Penstemon rydbergii, Rydberg's penstemon
    plant with whorls of small dark blue-violet flowers; Washington to Wyoming and south to California and Colorado
    Penstemon serrulatus, cascade penstemon
    whorls of deep blue to dark purple flowers at tips of erect leafy stems; moist places from British Columbia to Oregon
    Penstemon whippleanus, Whipple's penstemon
    wine and lavender to purple and black flowers in several clusters on the upper half of leafy stems; Montana south through the Rocky Mountains to Arizona and New Mexico
    Daucus carota, Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot
    a widely naturalized Eurasian herb with finely cut foliage and white compound umbels of small white or yellowish flowers and thin yellowish roots
    American pasqueflower, American pulsatilla, Anemone ludoviciana, Eastern pasque flower, Pulsatilla patens, blue tulip, lion's beard, prairie anemone, wild crocus
    short hairy perennial with early spring blue-violet or lilac flowers; North America and Siberia
    Anemone occidentalis, Pulsatilla occidentalis, Western pasqueflower
    of western North America
    Anemone pulsatilla, European pasqueflower, Pulsatilla vulgaris
    European perennial having usually violet or white spring flowers
    Abronia elliptica, snowball, sweet sand verbena
    plant having heads of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers; grows in sandy arid regions
    Abronia fragrans, sweet sand verbena
    taller than Abronia elliptica and having night-blooming flowers
    Abronia latifolia, yellow sand verbena
    plant having hemispherical heads of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers; found in coastal dunes from California to British Columbia
    Abronia maritima, beach pancake
    plant having hemispherical heads of wine-red flowers; found in coastal dunes from California to Mexico
    Abronia umbellata, beach sand verbena, pink sand verbena
    prostrate herb having heads of deep pink to white flowers; found in coastal dunes from British Columbia to Baja California
    Abronia villosa, desert sand verbena
    soft-haired sticky plant with heads of bright pink trumpet-shaped flowers; found in sandy desert soil; after ample rains may carpet miles of desert with pink from the southwestern United States to northern Mexico
    Talinum augustissimum, narrow-leaved flame flower
    similar to Talinum aurantiacum but with narrower leaves and yellow-orange flowers; southwestern United States
    Talinum brevifolium, pigmy talinum
    low plant with crowded narrow succulent leaves and fairly large deep pink axillary flowers that seem to sit on the ground; southwestern United States
    Talinum calycinum, rock pink
    pink-flowered perennial of rocky regions of western United States
    Talinum paniculatum, jewels-of-opar
    erect plant with tuberous roots and terminal panicles of red to yellow flowers; southwestern North America to Central America; widely introduced elsewhere
    Talinum spinescens, spiny talinum
    low cushion-forming plant with rose to crimson-magenta flowers and leaf midribs that persist as spines when the leaves die; southwestern United States
    Buphthalmum salicifolium, woodland oxeye
    hairy Eurasian perennial having deep yellow daisies on lax willowy stems; found in the wild in open woodland and on rocky slopes
    Chrysopsis mariana, Maryland golden aster
    perennial golden aster of southeastern United States
    grass-leaved golden aster
    a variety of golden aster
    sickleweed golden aster
    a variety of golden aster
    Erigeron acer, blue fleabane
    widespread weed with pale purple-blue flowers
    Erigeron annuus, daisy fleabane
    widely naturalized white-flowered North American herb
    Erigeron aurantiacus, orange daisy, orange fleabane
    mat-forming herb of Turkestan with nearly double orange-yellow flowers
    Erigeron divergens, spreading fleabane
    well-branched plant with hairy leaves and stems each with a solitary flower head with narrow white or pink or lavender rays; western North America
    Erigeron glaucous, beach aster, seaside daisy
    slightly succulent perennial with basal leaves and hairy sticky stems each bearing a solitary flower head with narrow pink or lavender rays; coastal bluffs Oregon to southern California
    Erigeron philadelphicus, Philadelphia fleabane
    especially pretty plant having a delicate fringe of threadlike rays around flower heads having very slender white or pink rays; United States and Canada
    Erigeron pulchellus, robin's plantain
    common perennial of eastern North America having flowers with usually violet-purple rays
    Erigeron speciosus, showy daisy
    plant having branching leafy stems each branch with an especially showy solitary flower head with many narrow pink or lavender or white rays; northwestern United States mountains
    Eriophyllum lanatum, golden yarrow
    greyish woolly leafy perennial with branched stems ending in leafless stalks bearing golden-yellow flower heads; dry areas western North America
    Gaillardia pulchella, Indian blanket, blanket flower, fire wheel, fire-wheel
    annual of central United States having showy long-stalked yellow flower heads marked with scarlet or purple in the center
    Haplopappus phyllocephalus, camphor daisy
    annual of southern United States and Mexico having bristly leaves and pale yellow flowers
    Haplopappus spinulosus, yellow spiny daisy
    slender perennial of western North America having weakly bristly leaves and yellow flower heads
    Leontodon autumnalis, arnica bud, fall dandelion
    fall-blooming European herb with a yellow flower; naturalized in the United States
    Liatris punctata, dotted gayfeather
    herb with many stems bearing narrow slender wands of crowded rose-lavender flowers; central United States and Canada to Texas and northern Mexico
    Liatris pycnostachya, dense blazing star
    perennial of southeastern and central United States having very dense spikes of purple flowers; often cultivated for cut flowers
    Mexican hat, Ratibida columnaris
    coneflower with flower heads resembling a Mexican hat with a tall red-brown disk and drooping yellow or yellow and red-brown rays; grows in the great plains along base of Rocky Mountains
    Ratibida columnifera, long-head coneflower, prairie coneflower
    plant similar to the Mexican hat coneflower; from British Columbia to New Mexico
    Ratibida tagetes, prairie coneflower
    coneflower of central to southwestern United States
    Solidago bicolor, silverrod
    plant of eastern North America having creamy white flowers
    Canadian goldenrod, Solidago canadensis, meadow goldenrod
    large North American goldenrod having showy clusters of yellow flowers on arching branches; often a weed
    Missouri goldenrod, Solidago missouriensis
    similar to meadow goldenrod but usually smaller
    Solidago multiradiata, alpine goldenrod
    goldenrod similar to narrow goldenrod but having bristly hairs on edges of leaf stalks; mountainous regions of western America
    Solidago nemoralis, gray goldenrod, grey goldenrod
    a dyer's weed of Canada and the eastern United States having yellow flowers sometimes used in dyeing
    Blue Mountain tea, Solidago odora, sweet goldenrod
    goldenrod of eastern America having aromatic leaves from which a medicinal tea is made
    Solidago rugosa, dyer's weed
    eastern North American herb whose yellow flowers are (or were) used in dyeing
    Solidago sempervirens, beach goldenrod, seaside goldenrod
    vigorous showy goldenrod common along eastern coast and Gulf Coast of North America
    Solidago spathulata, narrow goldenrod
    western American goldenrod with long narrow clusters of small yellow flowers
    Boott's goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    Elliott's goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    Ohio goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    rough-stemmed goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    showy goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    tall goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    broad leaved goldenrod, zigzag goldenrod
    a variety of goldenrod
    Alpine besseya, Besseya alpina
    small pale plant with dense spikes of pale bluish-violet flowers; of high cold meadows from Wyoming and Utah to New Mexico
    Castilleja chromosa, desert paintbrush
    most common paintbrush of western United States dry lands; having erect stems ending in dense spikes of bright orange to red flowers
    Castilleja miniata, giant red paintbrush
    wildflower of western North America having ragged clusters of crimson or scarlet flowers
    Castilleja sessiliflora, great plains paintbrush
    hairy plant with pinkish flowers; Great Plains to northern Mexico
    Castilleja sulphurea, sulfur paintbrush
    plant of moist highland meadows having ragged clusters of pale yellow flowers
    type of:
    a wild uncultivated plant (especially a wild apple or crabapple tree)
    angiosperm, flowering plant
    plants having seeds in a closed ovary
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