8 Fall Wildflowers You'll Love

Black-Eyed Susan

Summer to October, black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) bloom golden-yellow daisy-like flowers with dark eyes. Most of these eastern North American wildflowers grow 1 to 3 feet tall, although others are container-grown.

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Blanket Flower

Another daisy-like autumn wildflower is blanket flower (Gaillardia). The easy-to-grow plants grow 2 3 feet tall and progressively develop orange, yellow, and red mounds. They have no pH preference, love full sun, and require slightly acidic soil.

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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis stands out in forests, marshes, and streams with its bright crimson blossoms. Fall wildflowers bloom late spring to September or October. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the 6-foot-tall, flower-spiked bushes.

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Coneflower

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a gorgeous perennial with durable pinkish-purple blooms and elevated, purple-brown centers. Average, well-drained soil in sun to part shade is needed for September blooms.

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Cosmos

Cosmos grow easily from seed and bloom from early summer till frost. Most gardeners cultivate the annual C. sulphureus, which is yellow, red, or orange, or C. bipinnatus, which is white or pink.

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Gentian

Blue is uncommon to find in nature, but Gentiana saponaria brings it to the garden. Other gentians bloom violet, blue, white, yellow, red, or purple. As harvestbells or soapwort gentian, G. saponaria is a perennial in Zones 5 9.

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Goldenrod

Bad goldenrod. These golden October wildflowers are vilified. Allergic people blame them for sneezing, but ragweed, which blooms at the same time, may be the cause. Goldenrod is simple to grow from seed in spring or autumn in sunny.

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Jewelweed

Call it jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, orange balsam or its Latin name, Impatiens capensis. These fall-blooming wildflowers are annuals that bloom from late summer until frost

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