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Blue and Purple Native Wildflower Pictures
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Mountain Garland
Clarkia unguiculate
This annual, native to California, has pink to white to purple spikes and grows 2'-3' tall. Blooms July to September and will tolerate many conditions.





Nodding Pink Onion
Allium cernuum
This prairie plant grows best in open, moist areas. 1'-2' tall flower stalks rise out of grass-like leaves. Clusters of light lavendar to pink flowers on top of the stalk appear to nod towards the ground. Requiring little care, this plant is easily propagated by seed or bulb division. A few suggested companion plants could be Purple Prairie Clover, Spiderwort or Shooting Star
Nodding Pink Onion


Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia purpurea
This unusual carnivorous plant has a purplish-red flower that grows on a leafless stalk to a height of 8'-24' tall. The leaves of this plant collect rainwater and insects, attracted to the color and odor of the plant enter the leaf, enter with little chance of escape. They fall into the water, drown and are 'digested' by the enzymes the plant produces. Found normally on bogs this plant blooms May to August.
Pitcher Plant




Prairie Clover, Purple
Petalostemum purpureum
A native plant of prairies and dry hills throughout the Great Plains. The small flowers of this perennial are only about 1/4 inch long and are more red than purple. They appear in a ring around the flower head beginning at the bottom and progress to the top. The leaf segments are very narrow and located at the bottom of the stem. Given time, the roots may become deep and extensive. The Prairie Indians made tea by steeping these dried leaves along with that of White Prairie Clover. (Prairie Frontier does not recommend this tea. The content is for historical value only.)
Purple Prairie Clover




Prairie Onion
Allium stellatum
Lavender flowers at the top of a leafless stem rise above flat grass-like basel leaves of this native plant. Grows 12"-24" in height in medium to dry soils, in full sun to light shade. It blooms July thru August.




Spiderwort
Tradescantia ohiensis
A hardly perennial that will tolerate a variety of conditions making it an easy plant to grow. The flowers range in color from pale pink to deep purple or blue and normally close during the heat of the day. Growing 1'-3' tall, Spiderwort stems contain a substance enabling the plant to hold water which may help it during periods of drought. Flowering time is late May to midsummer.




Vervain, Blue
Verbena hastata
This native perennial is a narrow plant that can grow 4'-6' tall, has several branches along the upper portion and is common in open wet areas. It can tolerate drier conditions and is a host plant for larval buckeye butterflies.The 1/4" lavender flowers at the top of each stem for dense spikes that mature to seed pods. It blooms mid to late summer in full sun to partial shade.
Blue Vervain

 

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