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What are some common types of wildflowers?

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Common types of wildflowers vary by location. In Texas, some of the most common wildflowers include the bluebonnet, Mexican hat and pink evening primrose. At Yosemite National Park in California, some common wildflowers are the monkeyflower, shooting stars and buttercups.

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Each state is known for having its own types of wildflowers. For instance, in the northeast, the puttyroot orchid, also called the Adam and Eve flower, is one wildflower, and the tall hairy agrimony is another. In many western states such as Washington and Idaho, the beardtongue, sometimes called the scabland penstemon, is prevalent.

Yosemite National Park is home to a variety of wildflowers. Buttercups live in wet areas of the park where frogs live, and the plant is easily identifiable by its glossy petals. Shooting stars are part of the primrose family and bloom in the early spring. There are more than 250 species of beardtongue plants in and around the park, and these plants providing a good food source for hummingbirds.

Texas named one of its wildflowers, the bluebonnet, as its state flower. Bluebonnets bloom from March until May, and they have been the state flower since 1901. Bluebonnets typically grow from 15 to 24 inches tall and are found from northeast to southwest Texas.

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