Weeds or Wildflowers??

RonLee2(7)July 14, 2013

Please help me identify these plants! I planted wildflower seeds in a small garden less than a month ago and all that has sprouted up are what you see in the photos. I also posted pics of the wildflower seed I planted. Any help is appreciated!

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The first 3 photos are flowers. The 2nd photo is specifically Cosmos. The 4th is just grass. The 5th looks to be crimson clover but I can't tell from the backside. I planted the same mix in my yard. If you're not sure, Google the flower names on the bag. That's how I found out for mine. In my garden the crimson clover bloomed first, then the blue cornflower and baby's breath and yellow poppies, then the red poppies and the larkspur, then yellow calendula, with the other flowers blooming at random. They will get tall. Mine were between 2-3 feet. They're all bloomed out and dried now. I spent this Saturday cutting down the last of the cornflower.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 4:06PM
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Wow, a stunning amount of NON-NATIVE plants in that mix based on the label you show.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 5:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think the 2nd one is larkspur.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 9:45AM
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I don't want to discourage you, RonLee2. I'm thrilled you want to grow wildflowers! My own goal is to create a native wildflower meadow. Native plants support native wildlife--from butterflies and other pollinators on up to birds (which feed their young with insects that are attracted to native plants) as well as other animals.

Unfortunately, I agree with esh_ga. As soon as I saw the package, I assumed it was a "wildflowers in a can" type. You will likely have some flowers and enjoy it the first year, but from what I've read and heard, it will become a tangle of weeds by the 2nd or third year.

I'm trying hard to figure out how to word this, so I don't sound preachy. :-) I strongly suggest that, in the coming years, you grow native plants to support the butterflies and hummingbirds you desire.

Providing nectar for butterflies only feeds the adults. To sustain a population of butterflies, you also have to provide the wildflowers (native plants) that their caterpillars need to feed on. Caterpillars must eat from a specific host plant. The adult butterfly will lay its eggs on the host plant, and you will be able to witness all of the stages of a butterflies life cycle. It is very exciting.

The most common example of a host plant is the relationship monarch butterflies have with milkweeds. I have planted several species and was thrilled to watch the caterpillars grow. Just today, I saw a spicebush caterpillar hiding in a curled up spicebush leaf (its specific host plant). I'd like you to have the same thrilling experiences.

Sorry, I was no help in identifying your plants, but I hope I was helpful with pointing you in the right direction for the goal I think you have in mind. :-)

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 6:57PM
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