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Carrot Family Wildflowers

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June 20, 2024

There are many wildflowers that look great in the landscape. Today, I am in Carriere, MS at the home of Ben and Kelly Boerner admiring a couple of unique wildflowers growing in their garden. Bishop’s Flower is an award-winning annual wildflower in the carrot family with lacy white blooms on stems with feathery green foliage that can reach 3 to 6 feet tall. It is sometimes called white dill or False Queen Anne's Lace. I love the abundant, lacy 4 to 6 inch flower heads that attract pollinators and other beneficial visitors, including lady beetles, lacewings, and more. This plant grows in average, moist, well-drained soil in full sun. You should sow seeds where you want them to grow. It doesn't transplant well. Dara is another unique wildflower growing in Ben and Kelly’s garden. Also in the carrot family, it too has long 3 to 6 feet tall stems and feathery foliage topped by flat, airy flowers. Dara’s flowers can vary in color as a beautiful shade of burgundy or blush-pink. Unlike Bishop’s Flower, Dara is a biennial plant. Seeds should be sown in June to September for flowers the following year. Consider adding these carrot family wildflowers to your garden. I am Eddie Smith, and I will see you next time on Southern Gardening.

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