8 Plants You Will See Everywhere in Oklahoma City
By Mike Fitzgerald
Oklahoma City is a beautiful place to live and to visit, offering a number of things to do, places to experience, and sights to see. These sights shouldn’t be limited to the buildings and events, make sure you leave enough time in your schedule to enjoy the lovely flora and fauna of the area.
1. Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Bald cypress produces beautiful fall colorful with finely textured leaves. This tree can grow up to seven feet in height, producing slender, conical growth as a young tree before producing flat tops later in life. This tree has the unique nickname of “the wood eternal,” because it is resistant to decay. It is commonly used in construction projects, but can be found growing wild in dry soils around Oklahoma City.
2. American Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
This large tree produces oversized berries that are desirable to birds and other local wildlife. It is a tough tree, surviving the most severe windstorms and grueling temperatures. This tree towers up to 100 feet in height and produces growth that responds well to any habitat.
With dull green foliage that is rough to the touch, this tree also sends out shoots of orange or purple berries that attract birds. It is typically found on rocky hillsides or in floodplains.
3. Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora)
This native plant of Oklahoma City comes in many sizes and textures, but is notable for its delicate, butter-colored petals and leafy stems. In some areas, this flower grows so proflicially as to be deemed a weed, only blooming in May and June.
If you’re paying a visit to Oklahoma City, you can expect to find it around roadsides, in fields, or even in open areas.
4. Phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
Phlox is a regional favorite, and can be found in patriotic displays of vivid blues, pale reds, or whites. It comes in both creeping and towering varieties, offering versatility for any landscape. When selected in its creeping form, this plant forms loose mats of evergreen foliage with upright clusters of flowers. Blooming in April and May, this plant is most commonly found in wooded or other shady areas.
5. Oklahoma Grass-pink Orchid (Calopogon oklahomensis)
This perennial flower, belonging to the orchid family, bears the delicate, intricate flowers for which its family is known. The flower is a showstopping purple-pink, serving as an excellent attractant for pollinators as well as a beautiful accent for any urban garden. It generally blooms in March, April, May, and July, and can often be cultivated indoors as well.
6. Burkwood Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii)
This plant, growing in partial to full sun, produces fragrant flowers that are certain to grab your attention no matter what you might be doing. They can grow up to twelve feet tall, and are often found along pools or hedges or as an accent in commercial landscaping. It often climbs, producing pink to white flowers that bloom from early spring into the fall.
7. Geranium (Geranium carolinianum)
Also known as Carolina Cranesbill, this delicate flower produces as a sprawling biennial plant, growing no taller than one foot in height. It forms five-parted leaves with pale pink flowers. A close relative of the more popular domesticated geranium, this flower can be found in almost every state and prefers dry, hard fields and rocky outcroppings in forests.
8. Autumn sage (Salvia greggii)
This soft shrub produces mounding foliage with aromatic green leaves. These leaves are aromatic, with flowers ranging in color from red to purple to white. The plant is most commonly found on rocky slopes, but also grows well when cultivated as a landscaping accent. It is unique in that it is immune to both disease and insect-related problems, and it is also highly drought tolerant.
Mike Fitzgerald is an outdoor living expert and explorer with his sidekick dog, Champion. When he’s not traveling to nature’s most well known beauty spots, he tends to the greenery surrounding his home.