The Rustic Bride’s Guide to New Hampshire Wildflowers

Guide to New Hampshire Wildflowers | Find New England wildflowers in spring, summer or fall

What’s cuter for a rustic wedding than a wildflower bouquet? DIY floral arrangements are actually pretty easy, as long as you’ve got some basic design sense, and readily available flowers.

You could absolutely go to a florist (or even a grocery store!) and buy flowers to make into a gorgeous bouquet, but for a truly woodsy feel, why not utilize some of the local flora?

This list takes some common wildflowers in the area, and separates them by season, for a more complete idea of what you can put together. For more information on these flowers, or to see a more comprehensive list, check out the New Hampshire Wildflowers.

The Rustic Bride's Guide to New Hampshire Wildflowers | How to make a bouquet of New England Wildflowers in Any Season

Spring New Hampshire Wildflowers

Pink’s Lady Slipperlady27s20slipper20-202205-29-10

  • Seasonality: April – June
  • Habitat: dry to moist forests, often near oaks or pines
  • Colors: pink, pale pink, white (rare)

These gorgeous orchids are endangered in Tennessee and Georgia, though they grow fairly abundantly in the Northeast. You’ve likely seen clusters of lady slippers (also called moccasin flowers) in dark forests while out on a walk in late spring/early summer.

trout20lilly205-1-10Trout Lily

  • Seasonality: April – May
  • Habitat: deep forests
  • Color: Yellow

This member of the lily family grows about 10″ high in rich, deep forests.

Common Wintercress (Yellow Rocket)common20wintercress205-12-0920-201

  • Seasonality: April – June
  • Habitat: wet meadows, damp fields, brooksides
  • Colors: yellow

This yellow cluster flower is found in spring and early summer, growing in wet fields and along brooks and streams.

grapehyacinthGrape Hyacinth

  • Seasonality: April – May
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides, weeded places
  • Colors: bluish

These delicate clusters of bluish blooms grow up to 8 inches high, and make a lovely addition to a spring bouquet.

 

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  • Seasonality: May – October
  • Habitat: dry fields, roadsides, weeded areas
  • Color: White

You’ll certainly recognize this wildflower, which grows throughout the spring in summer in dry fields, by the side of the road, or anywhere weeds are common. This flower works well as filler, or for a pop of white.

Summer New Hampshire Wildflowers

Garden Valerian/Heliotropegarden20valerian202207-5-13

  • Seasonality: June – August
  • Habitat: Weedy areas
  • Colors: pale pink

Garden valerian is actually not native to New Hampshire, but was brought over by settlers, and eventually began growing wild. Look for these in meadows, by the side of the road, or wherever you find weeds growing abundantly.

ladys20thumb209-13-09Lady’s Thumb (Redleg)

  • Seasonality: June – October
  • Habitat: Roadsides, fields, wherever weeds are wont to grow
  • Colors:  bright pink or white

These unique blooms are readily found throughout the summer and early fall in fields, by roadsides or peeking up in your garden bed! Plants grow up to 2 feet high.

 

Butterfly Weed (Milkweed)asclepias_tuberosa_lstritch_lg

  • Seasonality: June – August
  • Habitat: swamps, dry fields, roadsides
  • Color: variations from pink to orange to red, white

There are many varieties of milkweed in New England. Swamp milkweed tends to be red and pink, and is found in wet areas while butterfly weed is yellowish orange in color and found by the sides of roads, fields and other dryer areas.

wood20lily207-4-0820-202Wood Lily

  • Seasonality: June – August
  • Habitat: dry, open woods, thickets, meadows
  • Color: orange to red

The wood lily is an incredibly beautiful addition to any wildflower bouquet, and can be found in open areas in mid summer.

Canada Lilycanada20lily207-7-11

  • Seasonality: June – August
  • Habitat: wet meadows, bogs
  • Color: yellowish orange

The Canada lily can be found in wet areas in midsummer, and makes a striking addition to a wildflower bouquet.

orange20hawkweed206-21-08Orange Hawkweed (Devil’s Paintbrush)

  • Seasonality: June – August
  • Habitat: fields, clearings, roadsides
  • Color: orange sunburst

This bright flower grows on long stalks in clusters throughout the summer, pretty much wherever flowers tend to grow!

 

Yellow Bedstrawyellow20bedstraw203206-22-11

  • Seasonality: June – September
  • Habitat: fields and roadsides
  • Color: yellow

This common flower can be found throughout the summer, in fields and along the roadside. Stalks typically grow between 1 and 3 feet high.

img_0061207-18-08Black-Eyed Susan

  • Seasonality: June – October
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides, open areas
  • Colors: deep yellow

These flowers can pretty much be found everywhere open and dry throughout the summer and into fall.

 

Goldenrodalpine20goldenrod207-3-10

  • Seasonality: June – September
  • Habitat: rocky, alpine areas
  • Colors: golden yellow

Take a nice hike in the mountains to find some goldenrod, which grows throughout the summer. These flowers grow on hearty stalks, up to 14″ tall.

yellow20sweet20clover206-22-10Yellow Sweet Clover

  • Seasonality: June – September
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides, weedy places
  • Colors: pale yellow

The unique shape of sweet clover makes for an architecturally interesting addition to any summer wildflower bouquet. Find these flowers along roadsides or wherever weeds tend to grow.

 

Creeping Bellflowercreeping20bellflower206-30-10

  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: weeded areas, roadsides, fields, gardens
  • Color: bluish purple

Stalks of bell-shaped flowers categorize this wildflower, found wherever weeds tend to take root. These flowers would make a stunning bouquet on their own, or as an accent.

common20water20hemlock208-6-10Common Water Hemlock

  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: wet meadow, thickets, bogs
  • Colors: white

These clusters of small white flowers can be found growing on plants up to 6 feet tall, in wet environments throughout the summer.

 

Late Summer & Early Fall New Hampshire Wildflowers

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  • Seasonality: August – September
  • Habitat: Dry woods and clearings
  • Colors: lavender

This member of the Aster family grows in clearings and in dry forests in late summer on stalks between 1 and 4 feet high.

 

dense20blazing20star20208-10-09Dense Blazing Star

  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: Wet meadows, moist, open spaces
  • Colors: lavender

A member of the Aster family, the dense blazing star grows in wet environments on stalks between 1 and 5 feet high, and blooms from mid to late summer.

 

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  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: Wet meadows, swamps
  • Colors: pink

This member of the rose family can be found on stalks between 2 and 4 feet high in wet environments in mid to late summer.

 

heather207-14-12Heather

  • Seasonality: July – October
  • Habitat: sandy soil or peat
  • Colors: pink or white

This low, fernlike evergreen actually has a pretty long season in New Hampshire. Growing on stems up to 2 feet high, Heather makes a gorgeous addition to a late summer bouquet.

 

Spotted Joe-Pye Weedjoe20pye20weed20208-1-08

  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: Damp meadows, thickets
  • Colors: pale purplish pink

These pale purplish pink flowers are found wherever there’s a moisture. Be on the lookout for a large plant, as they can grow up to 7 feet high!

 

Brown Knapweedcentaurea-jacea-subj-1

  • Seasonality: July – September
  • Habitat: Fields, roadsides, weedy places
  • Colors: bright purple

These purple flowers are unique in that their base actually resembles a pineapple (sort of!). Look for them in meadows, by the side of the road, or wherever weeds grow.

 

Live Forever/Sedumlive_forever1_full_sized

  • Seasonality: August – September
  • Habitat: Roadsides, open woods
  • Colors: deep pink, purplish

This wildflower is more commonly known as sedum in floral shops, but can be found growing wild throughout New Hampshire, pretty much wherever plants can grow.

 

european20mallow201207-28-12Vervain Mallow (European Mallow)

  • Seasonality: June – September
  • Habitat: Roadsides, open woods, fields
  • Colors: pink, purple or white (rare)

Another European native plant that escaped cultivation and began growing wild in New England, vervain mallow can be found in late summer, wherever weeds are common.

 

Musk Mallowmusk20mallow207-6-12

  • Seasonality: June – September
  • Habitat: Roadsides, open woods, fields
  • Colors: purple-pink or white

New England’s native cousin of vervain mallow, this wildflower is also found wherever weeds grow in late summer.

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Small White Aster

  • Seasonality: August – October
  • Habitat: fields, meadows, moist open places
  • Colors: white

Clusters of small white flowers characterize this variety of aster. These can be found in late summer and early fall, growing abundantly in fields.

 

Dusty Goldenroddusty20goldenrod

  • Seasonality: August – October
  • Habitat: sandy or rocky soil, acidic soil, open spaces
  • Colors: golden yellow

Downy or dusty goldenrod is found all over New England in sandy and acidic soil in late summer to early fall. These interesting blooms would be a lovely addition to an early fall wedding bouquet.

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