Top Spots To See Spring Wildflowers In St. Louis

May 7, 2016 7:00 AM

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When springtime emerges, the days start to stay brighter longer and signs of life begin to bloom with a spectacle of colorful wildflowers beautifying the landscape. Take in the beauty of fields dotted with color of blue, white, yellow, and pink wildflowers. During the springtime in Missouri, look for Spring Iris, larkspur, and other colorful spring beauties. Discover the best places to see spring wildflowers in and around St. Louis at these peaceful getaways.
Missouri Botanical Gardens
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

Walk through pathways and in and out of greenhouse and climatron environments to experience the best of plant life in the area. Come alone, or bring the entire family for children to enjoy special areas and a Doris I. Schnuck Garden just for them. Catch the first fresh color of spring with a glimpse of the beautiful bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips. Walk through an array of gorgeous tulips on a special tulip walk weekend or catch other springtime festivals hosted by the gardens.

Shaw Nature Reserve
Missouri 100 and Interstate 44 Business
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(636) 451-3512
www.missouribotanialgarden.org/shaw

Head west on Highway 44, and about a half hour outside of the city you will come upon a 2,400 acre area of land that has been preserved with woodlands, wetlands and prairies as an extension of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Inside this wildlife sanctuary, you will find several acres set aside for Whitmire Wildflower Garden that is alive with the colors of wild sweet Williams, spring beauties and blood root wildflowers during the spring. Walk along the 14 miles of trails that wind throughout the reserve. Look closely, and you will discover more than 80 species of butterflies that enjoy the display of flowers. On the weekends, make your paid reservations to take part in a wildflower walk.

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
15193 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 530-0076
www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/butterfly-house

Where there are a host of beautiful butterflies, you will also find an array of gorgeous and colorful wildflowers. Visit the Butterfly House any time of the year inside the temperature-controlled dome where vast species of butterflies perch and thrive on tropical plants inside. Step outside and walk through the wildflower gardens with paved walkways and ponds with small waterfalls. Let the kids play on the butterfly sculpture in the front, or bring a picnic lunch and sit by the playground after a ride on the next-door carousel.

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Meramec State Park
670 Fisher Cave Drive
Sullivan, MO 63080
(573) 468-6519
www.mostateparks.com/meramec

Travel southwest of St. Louis toward Sullivan, and you will find a field of wildflowers worth the approximate 70-mile trip from downtown. Wind through more than 15 miles of trails that run from the bluffs of the Meramec River to the bottomlands. Discover ten different varieties of orchids along the Walking Fern Trail, and journey to find more spectacular blooms along the Natural Wonders or the Bluff View Trails. Bring your camera to capture springtime beauties like purple violets and Jacob’s ladder flowers.

Hawn State Park
12096 Park Drive
St. Genevieve, MO 63670
(573) 883-3603
www.mostateparks.com/hawn

Make a day trip out of your spring wildflower excursion, and spend some time in St. Genevieve. Located in the Pickle Springs Natural Area, about 65 miles south of St. Louis, Hawn State Park offers a beautiful spectacle of wildflowers in the spring. Hike the more than 15 miles of trails that wind near water streams and up and down hillsides filled with springtime color. Look for Missouri’s state tree, the flowering dogwood, orchids, and wild rose azaleas in the spring.

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Tere Scott is a freelance writer and author of e-books and two educational blogs. She loves to research information to share. She currently resides in St. Louis. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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