Blake Wheeler wrote: ...Would rose milkweed also be known as butterfly weed (Asclepius tuberosa)...
Zach Muller wrote:
Don't under estimate annual self seeders like dead nettle, Chickweed, and wild violet. They are blooming to the max early on when a lot of fruit is also.
Zach Muller wrote:Keep your eye out for perennial plants that are vigorous and in public places. I have got a few different things from the side of the road or in a back alley. Sunflowers, sage, lavender, cone flower, and many others.
Also spiderwort has a good flower for attracting bees and other flies if you ever see that available.
Deb Stephens wrote:Please do NOT dig wildflowers from roadsides and public places, woods or anywhere else. Many wildflowers are becoming scarce (even extinct) for this very reason. And it isn't as if they are merely being transferred elsewhere, so still in the eco-system, because the sad fact is that most of the transplants do not survive. The reason is that many roadside plants are native perennials that grow well under harsh conditions. To do that they send down extremely long, deep taproots so they can find water and nutrients not available in the poor shallow soils near the surface. (Roads aren't really known for the excellence of their soil!)