Why We Plant Endangered Wildflowers
Once lush with wildflowers like lupines, wild indigo, Indian paintbrush, and liatris, our grassland habitats are vanishing and with them, some of the most diverse natural ecosystems in Maryland. Planting native flowers helps ensure a healthy population of pollinators, grasses, trees, and animals for the next generation.
Right: Monarda clinopodia, Bee Balm
Alchemist Flowers cannot exist without the help of supporters like you, but we also cannot exist without the many gifts of the land and the plants themselves. Following the law of reciprocity, we must offer something in return: our gratitude, our respect and our stewardship. This is why we devote a portion of our time to conservation efforts and education.
Left: Castilleja coccinea, Indian paintbrush
What Can I Do To Help?
- Learn to identify and pull harmful or invasive plants such as wild garlic mustards, wineberries, English ivy and Norway maples.
- Replace invasive lawn grasses with native flowers, shrubs and grasses. Be sure to research what plants you chose for your landscape from trusted sources such as the Maryland Native Plant Society.
- Don’t remove native plants from nature without properly identifying them as invasive. Many rare wildflowers are in decline because of poaching.
- Let your representatives know protecting our native plant and animal habitat is important to you.
- Go outside, and take your friends! The more we expose ourselves and others to nature, the more we connect with and care about it.
Volunteer With Us
- Gain a better understanding of sustainability, botany, and flower production.
- Spend a few hours connecting with the land and learning about flowers.
- Leave with a treats like flowers, seeds, or bulbs!
We love to having learners of all ages join us in the field to help out with planting, harvesting, and pulling weeds. Take care to wear comfortable clothes, gloves, and protective footwear when you help out on the farm. Stay hydrated and remember sunblock and bug spray when joining us in the warm months!
Left: Lupine perennis, Sundial Lupine