Wild flowers of extraordinary beauty decorate Oklahoma over summer

Common Spiderwort is a very elegant wild flower despite its name. Each flower has three very tender blue petals with yellow centerpiece. Common Spiderworts stand on two-foot-tall stems and gracefully bow with its flowers. It makes them look like bells. Their 12-18 inches long leaves spread out from the stem. Common Spiderworts like shadow and clay soil. They belong to the group of Tradescantia plants. Photo by Tatyana Nyborg.
Dandelion is well known as a weed because of its tremendous roots, it grows everywhere in Europe, Asia, and America. Not too many people know that dandelion is edible and has healing power. The health benefit of eating a dandelion includes fighting inflammation because of its antioxidants. The famous home decorator and gardener from Arkansas, P. Allen Smith, shared a recipe of a dish with dandelions in his TV program. Photo by Tatyana Nyborg.
Indian Paintbrush is another gorgeous wild flower of Oklahoma. Its red leaves create a shape of a brush for painting. Indian Paintbrush likes sun and grows along the highways in spring and summer. The plant can be up to 18 inches tall. Indian Paintbrush is called a parasitic flower because it penetrates the roots of other plants to obtain nutrients for its growth. Photo by Tatyana Nyborg.