Not So Wildflowers

dame's rocket, wildflower, garden, invasive species, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, Finger Lakes

Dame's rocket grows along the Larch Meadows Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

Most of us are delighted to see pretty wildflowers along our roads and in our woods. But many of those flowers are not so wild, and some introduced plants may push aside our native species. Dame’s rocket, often mistaken for garden phlox, is one that started in the garden, but has leaped the fence into our natural environment. And sometimes dame’s rocket (originally from Eurasia) is included in so-called wildflower seed mixes used to beautify highway median strips and similar places, unintentionally spreading this invasive species into new areas.

Find out about Dame’s Rocket In my short video (4 min, 25 sec) here.