August 27, 2010
Looking out my front door, across the grassy field in the shade of the trees, I saw a tall, shimmering, orange flower that stood above all the tall grasses. Curious, I went over to see it. I knew it was a lily, but had no idea what kind. At this time, I knew nothing about wildflowers beyond dandelions and Queen Ann’s Lace. I had never seen this beautiful flower. On another occasion, I found a pretty purple flower and wondered what it might be.
I decided to go to the MCPL Raytown Branch to see if I could find a book on native plants. I found a wonderful book by Edgar Denison, Missouri Wildflowers. I learned so much that I wanted a copy of my own. I contacted the Missouri Native Plant Society, which gave me the phone number for the Kansas City Chapter. I purchased a copy of the book from them and joined the society.
After 14 years of looking for the native flowers in Missouri, I have found most of the flowers in the book and I continue to keep my eye out for those I haven’t found. In case you are wondering, the name of the shimmering orange flower is Lilium michiganense, and the name of the purple flower is Delphinium tricorne.