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Wildflower Wonderland

Photographed by Joe Worthem

Special thanks to Mississippi State University department of plant and soil sciences senior research associate Victor Maddox, master gardener Dianne Fergusson and plant aficionado Louisa McConnell for their patient and expert help in identifying the wildflowers pictured here.

From highways and byways, to ponds and pastures, to backyards and graveyards, Mississippi is abloom. Next time you notice a sea of pink or gold or crimson, we hope you’ll stop and take a closer look. But to be sure you don’t miss out, we’ve captured the beauty for you here.

Muscari (grape hyacinth)
Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)
Lathyrus hirsutus (Caley pea)
Houstonia caerulea (bluet)
Erigeron philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)
Erigeron annuus (eastern daisy fleabane)
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink, mountain pink or sweet William)
Coreopsis sp., the state wildflower for Mississippi, grows on the lawn at Oxford’s City Hall.
Claytonia virginica (spring beauty)
Allium canadense (wild onion) often grows in patches. This native plant has the flavor and scent of onion.
Verbena rigida (vervain)
Trifolium pratense (red clover)
Trifolium incarnatum (crimson clover)
Tradescantia ohiensis (spiderwort)
Prunella vulgaris (heal-all or common selfheal)
Salvia lyrata (lyreleaf sage or cancer weed)
Ranunculus sardous (hairy buttercup)
Phlox pilosa (downy phlox)
Nothoscordum bivalve (false garlic)
Oxalis violacea (violet woodsorrel)
Oenothera speciosa (showy evening primrose)


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