Wildflowers to spot on your next road trip!

Happiness blooms where the wildflowers grow

There’s something especially uplifting about roadside wildflowers. Without any attention from growers or gardeners, they flourish – despite the fumes – and are the most beautiful thing on long car journeys by a mile.

Whether you’re a road-tripping traveller or a daily commuter, this is our guide to the flowers you can find by the side of the road. Because happiness blooms where the (wild)flowers are.

It's worth slowing down to get a closer look at these flowers – buckle up!

Poppies

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Scientific name: Papaver rhoeas

Family: Papaveraceae

Spot them: Late spring to early autumn (weather permitting)

The bright red field poppy catches everyone’s eye! They were one of the first wildflowers to colonise fallow fields or disturbed soil, which is why they’re found by the side of the roads and in cornfields, like the battle zones of World War I. They’ve become a symbol of remembrance, but we think they’re also full of hope!

Cow Parsley

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Scientific name: Anthriscus sylvestris

Family: Umbelliferae

Spot them: Mid spring to mid summer

You’ve probably seen a sea of white cow parsley on a drive, they’re notoriously rapid growers. Known also as wild chervil and Queen Anne's lace, this little flower gets mixed up a lot with others. Namely, poison hemlock and giant hogweed – unlike them, this lacey beauty is harmless.

Hollyhocks

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Scientific name: Alcea rosea

Family: Malvaceae

Spot them: Mid spring to mid summer

Native to Europe and Asia this fast growing, pollinator-attracting plant has garnered quite a special place in Japanese culture. There’s even a hollyhock festival in Kyoto. In Floriography, this towering flower represents ambition and fertility. And fertile it is! You’ll find it growing in troves up to two-metres tall in gardens, roadside… just about anywhere!

Gold yarrow

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Scientific name: Achillea millefolium

Family: Asteraceae

Spot them: Early to late summer

Meet aromatic, sunshine-yellow yarrow. Part of the big old Asteraceae family and allegedly named after the Spartan hero and Greek demigod Achilles. Achillea is native to Europe and has a history of being used to treat all kinds of ailments. We’re happiest when we see it roadside – oh, and in our summer bouquets!

Veronica speedwell

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Scientific name: Veronica officinalis

Family: Plantaginaceae

Spot them: Spring to summer

One of the prettiest roadside flowers around! Wild speedwells are often called ‘common speedwells’ or ‘gypsyweed’. According to lore, travellers were given a small bunch of these blue flowers to ‘speed them well’. You may recognise one cultivar, Veronicastrum virginicum, from our bouquets – an elegant lilac spike.

Chicory

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Scientific name: Cichorium intybus

Family: Asteraceae

Spot them: Summer to early autumn

This sky-blue wildflower can be seen opening up roadside on sunny mornings. It’s native to Europe, although you’ll find it from North America to Australia! It spreads like wildfire and actually prefers being near hot rocks – a reason why it thrives on roadside verges. Chicory can grow a metre high! Other cultivars are grown for salads (endives).

Daylily

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Scientific name: Hemerocallis fulva

Family: Asphodelaceae

Spot them: Late summer to autumn

The name gives it away, but what’s special about daylilies is that its flowers only open for one day each! Each scape (spike) has up to 20 flowers though, so you’ll likely spot it in bloom roadside or somewhere else. It goes by the name railroad–, outhouse–, and ditch lily. Charming.

The only thing better than spotting wildflowers along the side of the road is a bouquet of farm-fresh flowers at home. Why not order your bloomon bouquet today!

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