I took a hike through Thomas Mitchell Park the other day and noticed lots of wildflowers blooming in the woods. Is it illegal to pick them?
Yes, it is illegal to pick wildflowers in state and county parks. By picking wildflowers you are destroying a natural resource in the park. Plus flowers are the reproductive parts of the plant and by removing them they can no longer propagate seeds. You can collect fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms as long as you don’t destroy the parent plant and you don’t plan on selling them. Anything else, including wildflowers, is off limits.