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When should you start planting wildflowers?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Wildflowers are a natural, low-maintenance option for meadows, fields and even small areas of your garden; when you plant will depend on your hardiness zone and climate
  • Planting in the fall may mean the plants flower earlier than those planted in the spring; areas where there is little to no frost may be able to plant year-round, but refrain from planting during the hottest months of the year
  • The distinction between wildflowers and weeds may be in the eye of the gardener, but entomologists believe one reason insects and birds are disappearing is because flowers being developed are not nutritionally adequate to support wildlife
  • Flowering plants provide nearly 25% of the basic ingredients in modern drugs; some you may plant in your garden with medicinal value include feverfew, yarrow, coneflower and betony

Wildflowers are important to the health and growth of pollinating insects, and attract a variety of bees, birds and butterflies, depending upon the flowers planted. You'll discover some of the varieties of wildflowers available and how they may benefit your yard in this short video.

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