Arkansas Wildflowers

Arkansas has a bunch of really neat wildflowers. Some favorites are Jack-in-the-pulpits, Lady's-slippers, spiderwort, Dutchman's breeches, wild iris and horsemint. Here are some places you can see these flowers and more.

The best time to see wildflowers is in late March and early April, though some wildflowers bloom in the fall too.

The US Forestry Service has a neat website that will tell you where you can find what species of flower all over the US. If you're looking for a specific flower, you should check it out.

Botanical Gardens

The wildflowers in botanical gardens may be cultivated, but they are still wildflowers. You can often see the greatest variety of flowers in one place at a botanical garden. There is also often less walking to see the flowers at a botanical garden. Some of the best botanical gardens for wildflowers include Garvan Gardens, Compton Gardens and the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

Wildflower Drives

Almost 1,000 miles of Arkansas highways have been designated and wildflower routes. The Arkansas Highway Department plants wildflowers, preserves native plants, reforests and landscapes various spots along the highways. The AHTD has also reduced mowing and limited the application of herbicides on the routes to encourage floral growth. There are roads where you can see coneflowers, primerose, coreopsis, black-eyed susans and more from the comfort of your car.

State Parks

State parks have many natural areas so you can view flowers and wildlife, but many take a hike to get there. Some of the best parks for flower viewing are Millwood State Park, Petit Jean State Park, Mount Magazine State Park, Bull Shoals State Park and Devil's Den State Park.

The Arkansas Arboretum is located within Pinnacle Mountain State Park, along the Little Maumelle River. The area is planted according to Arkansas' six geographical regions. It's a great place to see all kinds of wildflowers in one location.

South Arkansas Arboretum

The South Arkansas Arboretum is adjacent to the former El Dorado High School site. It features plants native to Arkansas’s West Gulf Coastal Plain. It has paved trails. From Ark. 82B in El Dorado, turn north on North Timberlane Drive and go one mile.

Cherokee Prairie Natural Area

Cherokee Prairie Natural Area represents one of the largest remaining tracts of tallgrass prairie in the Arkansas Valley. The area contains a diverse array of plant species including compass plant, purple prairie clover, and Indian paintbrush. It's located 2 miles north of Charleston, at the intersection of State Highways 60 and 217.

Baker Prarie Natural Area

Baker Prairie Natural Area is the largest known remnant of Ozark Mountain prairie occurring on a chert substrate. Wildflowers include the Indian paintbrush and compass plant. The area also hosts several endangered animal and plant species. The Baker Prairie Natural Area is located in Harrison, 0.5 mile down Goblin drive. Parking is available on the left side of the road at the high school.

Richland Creek Wilderness Area

The area gets its name from the main drainage that runs through it, Richland Creek. This area is bordered by the mountains, so you will hike through narrow valleys and steep slopes. You can also find many different species of wildflower and fern here. Great waterfalls here too. It is quite a hike. From Russellville, take AR 7 north for 37 miles to Pelsor. Turn right onto AR 16 and drive east for 10 miles to Ben Hur. Continue for 1.5 miles to Forest Service Road 1205 (on the left).

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