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also wild flow·er  (wīld′flou′ər)
1. A usually herbaceous flowering plant that is not a cultivated variety, especially one that has conspicuous flowers and is found in a natural environment.
2. The flower of such a plant.


or wild′ flow`er,

1. the flower of a plant that normally grows without cultivation in fields, woods, etc.
2. the plant itself.
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Noun1.wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plantwildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
wilding - a wild uncultivated plant (especially a wild apple or crabapple tree)
angiosperm, flowering plant - plants having seeds in a closed ovary
Ranunculus glaberrimus, sagebrush buttercup - small early-flowering buttercup with shiny yellow flowers of western North America
pasque flower, pasqueflower - any plant of the genus Pulsatilla; sometimes included in genus Anemone
meadow rue - any of various herbs of the genus Thalictrum; sometimes rhizomatous or tuberous perennials found in damp shady places and meadows or stream banks; have lacy foliage and clouds of small purple or yellow flowers
sand verbena - any of various plants of the genus Abronia of western North America and Mexico having flowers resembling verbena
Allionia incarnata, trailing four o'clock, trailing windmills - trailing plant having crowded clusters of 3 brilliant deep pink flowers resembling a single flower blooming near the ground; found in dry gravelly or sandy soil; southwestern United States and Mexico
Calandrinia ciliata, red maids, redmaids - succulent carpet-forming plant having small brilliant reddish-pink flowers; southwestern United States
Lewisia cotyledon, siskiyou lewisia - evergreen perennial having a dense basal rosette of long spatula-shaped leaves and panicles of pink or white-and-red-striped or pink-purple flowers; found on cliffs and in rock crevices in mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California
bitterroot, Lewisia rediviva - showy succulent ground-hugging plant of Rocky Mountains regions having deep to pale pink flowers and fleshy farinaceous roots; the Montana state flower
Calyptridium umbellatum, pussy-paw, pussy-paws, pussy's-paw, Spraguea umbellatum - pink clusters of densely packed flowers on prostrate stems resemble upturned pads of cats' feet; grow in coniferous forests of western North America
Talinum aurantiacum, flame flower, flameflower, flame-flower - plant with fleshy roots and erect stems with narrow succulent leaves and one reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil; southwestern United States; Indians once cooked the fleshy roots
Antheropeas wallacei, dwarf daisy, Eriophyllum wallacei, woolly daisy - tiny grey woolly tufted annual with small golden-yellow flower heads; southeastern California to northwestern Arizona and southwestern Utah; sometimes placed in genus Eriophyllum
Arnica cordifolia, heartleaf arnica - wildflower with heart-shaped leaves and broad yellow flower heads; of alpine areas west of the Rockies from Alaska to southern California
Arnica montana - herb of pasture and open woodland throughout most of Europe and western Asia having orange-yellow daisylike flower heads that when dried are used as a stimulant and to treat bruises and swellings
false chamomile - any of various autumn-flowering perennials having white or pink to purple flowers that resemble asters; wild in moist soils from New Jersey to Florida and Texas
oxeye - Eurasian perennial herbs having daisylike flowers with yellow rays and dark centers
golden aster - any of several shrubby herbs or subshrubs of the genus Chrysopsis having bright golden-yellow flower heads that resemble asters; throughout much of United States and into Canada
hawk's-beard, hawk's-beards - any of various plants of the genus Crepis having loose heads of yellow flowers on top of a long branched leafy stem; northern hemisphere
brittle bush, brittlebush, Encelia farinosa, incienso - fragrant rounded shrub of southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico having brittle stems and small crowded blue-green leaves and yellow flowers; produces a resin used in incense and varnish and in folk medicine
Enceliopsis nudicaulis, sunray - herb having a basal cluster of grey-green leaves and leafless stalks each with a solitary broad yellow flower head; desert areas Idaho to Arizona
engelmannia - common erect hairy perennial of plains and prairies of southern and central United States having flowers that resemble sunflowers
fleabane - any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
woolly sunflower - any plant of the genus Eriophyllum
gaillardia - any plant of western America of the genus Gaillardia having hairy leaves and long-stalked flowers in hot vibrant colors from golden yellow and copper to rich burgundy
desert sunflower, Gerea canescens - slender hairy plant with few leaves and golden-yellow flower heads; sandy desert areas of southeastern California to southwestern Utah and western Arizona and northwestern Mexico
goldenbush - a plant of the genus Haplopappus
heliopsis, oxeye - any North American shrubby perennial herb of the genus Heliopsis having large yellow daisylike flowers
Chrysopsis villosa, hairy golden aster, Heterotheca villosa, prairie golden aster - hairy perennial with yellow flower heads in branched clusters; found almost everywhere in dry places from Canada to west central and western United States; sometimes placed in genus Chrysopsis
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As she rode alone, the fronds of breast-high ferns seemed to caress her with outstretched and gently-detaining hands; strange wildflowers sprang up through the parting underbrush; even the granite rocks that at times pressed closely upon the trail appeared as if cushioned to her contact with star-rayed mosses, or lightly flung after her long lassoes of delicate vines.
Your esteemed contribution entitled Wareham Wildflowers has been accepted for The Pilot, Miss Perkins," said Rebecca, entering the room where Emma Jane was darning the firm's stockings.
The key to attractive wildflower beds, she says, is to keep them maintained.
The two projects are Cortlandt Estates, a community of 119 single-family homes in the Town of Cortlandt; and Wildflower Hills, an 88-townhome development in Hopewell Junction.
Come May, you're lucky to find even an anemic wildflower.
com)-- Denver-based Wildflower Group, which supports women during divorce and widowhood, is pleased to announce a national Wildflower Wednesday event to be held in Colorado, California, Georgia, Indiana and Maine on March 11, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
NEW YORK, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) honored Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and its licensing agency, The Wildflower Group, at the 2014 LIMA Licensing Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 17, at the industry's primary annual event, Licensing Expo, in Las Vegas.
Origins of names, historical uses, and all kinds of details make this a top pick for any wildflower enthusiast pursuing New Mexico's vistas.
WINNERS of the first Wildflower Photography Competition run by the Wildflower Centre have been announced.
The second updated edition of Field Guide to Wildflowers of Nebraska and the Great Plains is a 'must' guide for any collection strong in wildflower species of the Nebraska region and provides updated nomenclature, refined plant descriptions, revised photos and a new design.
WORLD Cancer Research Fund is offering its supporters wildflower seeds that can be scattered in memory of a loved one.