Wildflowers can be identified with the help of guide books and wildflower websites. Common characteristics that help identify wildflowers include the plant's location and growing conditions; the shape, type and color of its flowers; the shape of the leaves; and the leaves' arrangement on the plant's stems.
Wildflowers are easiest to identify when in bloom, and the time of flowering is a valuable clue. Many species have distinctive growth habits or grow only in certain habitats. Other features that can help identify a plant include the texture of its stems and leaves, its size and the type of root from which it grows.