Fall-Blooming Wildflowers We Love

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Whether we're happening upon a patch of wildflowers in a forest somewhere or planning a trip to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, we're always delighted to encounter wildflowers. They're hardy bloomers that sprout where they're planted, and they add a scattering of pretty flowerheads even in environments where other plants find it difficult to grow. Depending on the species of plant, you can find wildflowers growing wild at any time of year. They seem particularly special in the fall when leaves are falling and branches are growing bare. Smatterings of blooms in assorted colors brighten up the landscape and add an infusion of cheer. That must have been what Lady Bird Johnson, the former First Lady and namesake of Texas's botanic garden, had in mind when she called wildflowers "the stuff of [her] heart." When we see fall-blooming wildflowers, we can't help but wholeheartedly agree.

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Anemone

Anemone
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Anemone

Anemone species that thrive in partial shade include meadow anemone (Anemone canadensis), anemone hybrids (Anemone x hybrida), wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa), and grapeleaf anemone (Anemone tomentosa).

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Angel’s Trumpet

Angel’s Trumpet
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Brugmansia

Tropical blossoms and big, verdant foliage are the calling cards of Brugmansia species, also known as angel’s trumpet.

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Asclepias

Asclepias
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Asclepias

These summer-blooming plants are classified as milkweeds because of their milky sap.

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Coneflower

Coneflower
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Echinacea

These easy-to-grow plants thrive in full sun and bloom in a wide array of shades.

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Coreopsis

Coreopsis
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Coreopsis

These flowers come in an array of forms and hues, including hybrids, Coreopsis grandiflora, Coreopsis tinctoria, and Coreopsis tripteris.

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Euphorbia

Euphorbia
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Euphorbia

Euphorbia corollata and Euphorbia roemeriania produce long-lasting flowers and are also known as spurges.

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Lobelia

Lobelia
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Lobelia

Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica are native to the Eastern U.S.; the former produces spiky red flowers in the summer months and the latter has white or bright blue blooms.

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Phlox

Phlox
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Phlox

These dainty flowers bloom out in a spectrum of shades including white, purple, blue, red, and pink.

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Rudbekia

Rudbekia
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Rudbekia

This genus of coneflowers includes black-eyed Susan, great coneflower, and cutleaf coneflower.

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Tansy

Tansy
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Tanacetum

The calling cards of these plants, which grow best in full sun with regular water, are rounded, button-like, bright golden flowerheads.

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Thistle

Thistle
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Echinops

These plants have attractive, grey-green foliage, and their flowerheads are globe-shaped and resemble full, blue pincushions.

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Yarrow

Yarrow
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Achillea

These pretty plants produce deeply aromatic foliage and bloom out with dainty white flowers in the summer months.

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