Spring is a time for new growth, especially for wildflowers. Wildflowers are fun to look for and identify. They have also been used throughout history for medicines, food, and dyes.
Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie, by Sylvan T. Runkel and Dean M. Roosa, and Wildflowers of Iowa Woodlands, by Sylvan Runkel and Alvin F. Bull are great books to learn more about Iowa’s wildflowers. Both books have full color photos, flower description, state location, and Native American or early American uses of the plant.
An awesome display of wildflowers can be seen in Polk County’s Thomas Mitchell Park. Hike along the Devoite Trail to see Jack in the pulpit, Dutchman breeches, phlox, and Spring beauty. Remember, picking wildflowers is prohibited.