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03 April . 2018

Enjoy spring wildflowers in and around Canyon Falls

From late April through early summer is prime time to enjoy spring wildflowers in North Texas, and some of the best viewing areas are in and around Canyon Falls.

To give nature a helping hand, Canyon Falls spreads wildflower seeds along its main thoroughfare, Canyon Falls Drive, and throughout many areas of the 250 acres devoted to parks, trails and natural open spaces throughout the community.

The natural corridor along scenic Graham Branch Creek is one of the best places to see wildflowers in Canyon Falls. Ditto for the approximately five miles of trails that meander through the community.

Some of the most popular wildflower species you can see at Canyon Falls include:

• Texas Bluebonnet, the official “State Flower of Texas,” featuring showy spikes of vivid blue with white tips.
• Indian Blanket, featuring a bright orange center ringed in yellow, most commonly seen alongside bluebonnets.
• Lemon Mint, a heavy bloomer with spikes of light lavender to pink flowers
• Mexican Hat, a mahogany-red colored variety of Prairie Coneflower. A favorite of bees and butterflies.
• Clasping Coneflower, looks similar to a Black-eyed Susan with brilliant yellow petals, but smaller.
• Red Corn Poppy, a brilliant species with big, flashy red flowers and a dark center.
• Rocket Larkspur, also known as Wild Delphinium, has gorgeous spikes of red, blue, pink, white and purple flowers.

After the spring wildflowers finish blooming, Canyon Falls carefully avoids mowing the areas where they are growing until they have finished dropping their seeds, ensuring a new generation of flowers for the next year. In the fall, Canyon Falls also spreads additional wildflower seeds in selected areas, giving a boost to a mostly self-sustaining cycle of natural beauty.

Here’s a list of the 17 best places to see wildflowers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from Dallas Child magazine.