Well I guess I have plenty of wildflowers then! LOL
As long as they stay out of my beds, we're ok.
I do have lots of nice wildflowers that I actually dug up and moved to a bed just for native plants - things I found growing in the field. Ironweed, sunflower (helianthus?) and some others. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks this year. This will be it's first full season in the ground. So far so good...lots of new growth popping up!
http://www.cas.vanderbilt.edu/bioimages/image/v/viso--flfront-variant19254.htm a mutation of the above aka "Confederate Violet"
I have started collecting viola esp. native species
I have some of these to trade >>for some species out west that I sure can't find around here.
these are very heavy bloomers and perennial
The common blue violet - the state flower of New Jersey! For more on violas and violets - try www.toadshade.com who propogates native species for gardeners. I bought a Downy Yellow Viola from them today to go with my blues in my woodland area. When I find 'em in the lawn...I move 'em to my woodland area which is really just a pine tree next to the driveway. HM
The violet is host plant for several fritillary butterflies. http://www.greatergreenvillemastergardener.org/html/Butterfly.htm
I have some violets in my lawn and they reseed like crazy. I wish they weren't quite so enthusiastic but I don't want to eliminate them altogether. I love butterflies and besides, the violets and dandelions look lovely blooming together. (Can you tell a perfect lawn is not my top priority? LOL)
I have the common blue violet everywhere... im not caring if they are in the lawn, and in an area ive made for them, but they do have a tendency to just multiply like crazy, and can smother out other plants.. i dont like them in my flower beds.
I have tiny (flower is about 1/2 inch top of bloom to bottom, 3/8 inches wide) that I find in both white and lavender. The leaves are not like the blue violets , but these are smaller than the description of bird's foot violets. They are welcome, as it's an excuse not to mow, but what are they? I'm in Greenville Cty, SC, zone 7b/8, if that matters...
Thanks, although it certainly wasn't planted that way. Not that I mind and neither do the bees. At least I managed to get a shot with no dandelions in the pic. I have to ask DH now to mow the front yard too low so he does shave the flowers off the tops!