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White Flowers of the Kansas Prairie

Updated on September 27, 2015

White Flowers of the Prairie

I've been fascinated with flowers for a long time, and white flowers are at the top of my list of favorites. I think that is because I like to paint them in watercolor. They are easy to paint as I can easily show beautiful shadows within the white flower. I find white a symbol of purity and peace and is best illustrated within the face of a delicate white flower. I live in the heart of the Flint Hills area of Kansas and the prairie is my back yard. I've found numerous wildflowers on my patch of prairie and love to use them in my jewelry designs as well as my paintings. In this article I want to show you the diversity of plant life on the Kansas prairie, especially the variety of white flowers. Come take a walk with me through the prairie.

All photos by Gayle Dowell


I find these asters growing mainly in low lying areas and at the edge of the woodlands. Beautiful small white flowers look airy and light against the landscape. The variety we have growing naturally blooms in late summer.

Identifying Wildflowers of Kansas

A field guide is a great resource to have on hand when you want to identify wildflowers, rocks, birds, or other natural finds. When I homeschooled my daughters, we used field guides as a big part of our learning experience.

Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide
Wildflowers and Grasses of Kansas: A Field Guide

This is the best field guide I have found for identifying Kansas grasses and wildflowers. Great photos with great information.


Prickly Poppy

The prickly poppy grows on top of our rocky hill in full sun in the heat of summer. It's giant blooms are beautiful and are such a contrast to the prickly green stem and leaves. Our horses avoid eating this plant for good reason. This wild flower would make a great subject for a painting.

Ox-Eyed Daisy

Such a great flower that comes back year after year. I have mine growing along the edge of the tree line, but they prefer full sun.

Western Yarrow

Although I love the flower clusters on the western yarrow plant, the leaves are what I'm attracted to the most. Soft and airy leaves are intricately shaped and distinct.

Want to Grow Your Own Prairie Wildflowers?

iHere are some great seed sources of prairie wildflowers shown in this article. Most are perennials meaning that they will come back every year for easy garden maintenance. Sprinkle these seeds in an untouched area for a field of wildflower beauty.

Whorled Milkweed

Beautifully shaped white flower cluster on top of a long stem with needle like leaves. Very unique delicate looking flower.

Moth Mullein

Long straight stems with fabulous flowers that bloom at different times during their blooming season.

White Snakeroot

Not sure I like the name of this plant, but I love the bushy foliage and the sprinkling of white flowers. I find this growing along the tree line in partial shade.

Shepherd's Purse

Tiny white flowers and unique seed pods along the stem gives this flowering plant the name shepherd's purse. Would make a great border planting. Annual.

Field Pussy-Toes

My favorite because of the name and what they resemble. These grow in the middle of our prairie patch. There are two different shaped flowers, one being female, the other male. They give a white tint to our patch of prairie where they grow.

Do You Have a Favorite Wildflower?

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I'm partial to the Ox-Eyed Daisy...looking at them just makes me smile.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the white snakeroot, because I see it all over the place. Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Like ur pics, bcoz they are so beautiful.these pics shows ur hardwork and passion about painting.i like western yarrow & prickly poppy.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Lovely white wild flowers here! Thanks for your beautiful pics and valuable lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The daisy has been my favorite flower forever, it has that feel good pure sunny feel to it. I'm always interested to see how many different wild flowers are shared around the country and can only think that immigrants must have brought the seed over and spread the seeds all over the country on their journeys. I love having a wild flower garden to show off these beauties that can get lost in a crowd. Congratulations on your Imminent feature! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Don't really know the names but they do look terrific. Very nice photography.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Growing up in Illinois we had Sweet Williams growing in the yard each spring. They are tiny white flowers. Your Kansas white flowers are all gorgeous!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      We were both on the same wavelength but my Imminent entry this month was on Colorado Wildflowers. Nice photos.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I've seen many of these over my growing up years, but didn't always know their names. Lovely photos and well described.