William and Mary at Emmeneggar Nature Park

Today I visited the Emmeneggar Nature Park near Kirkwood, Missouri to look for familiar and unfamiliar wilflowers.

Along the paved trails Wild Sweet William (Phlox divaricata) was very abundant.

Blue Phlox

These are beautiful plants…but really common in this region.  I then took some of the unpaved trails along a stream bank.  There, I found a wildflower I haven’t met before.

Collinsia verna

Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia verna), though native, was likely planted here by Edgar Denison a couple decades ago.

Both of these species seem to love the woods and decent soil.  They may do well in partial-shade gardens.  Grow Native!

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