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Nature & You: Now is the time to mail order wildflower seeds

The official state wildflower is shown in bloom during a previous spring season. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]

The official state wildflower is shown in bloom during a previous spring season. [OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO]

Now is the time to mail order wildflower seeds

As the saying goes: “Close” only counts in horseshoes ... and ... hand grenades.

Such is the case with the names of many wildflowers. Our official state wildflower is the Indian Blanket. My word of caution to you would be this: Caveat emptor. Loosely translated, that means: “Buyer beware.” If you should go shopping for this plant or its seeds, it is far too easy to get hornswoggled into purchasing something for which you are not interested.

My advice to you is this: Pay particular attention to the technical scientific nomenclature. Only one “flavor” of this plant is the true representative of our state's wildflower symbol. You will need to look closely at the plant's (or the seed's) label. Thereupon, you will find a listing of both the genus and species of the plant in question. You want to purchase Gaillardia pulchella. Don't get duped into buying some other variant of this.

Likely as not, you will experience some difficulty finding a local, commercial source for either these plants or their seeds. Not to fret! Now is an opportune time to mail order these items. In that manner, you will be well-prepared for the spring growing season.

— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor

Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.

Neil Garrison

Neil Garrison is an outdoor nature enthusiast. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University/Stillwater; he earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology. Prior to his 2009 retirement, he was the Naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center for 30... Read more ›

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