Oklahoma Wildflowers: Visiting the flyover state in spring

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Spring is my favorite time of the year! You literally see Mother Nature change our land from a winter brown to a vibrant color right before your eyes. And we see it all over. Ireland has the lucky shamrock and everything turns green. Texas has fields of Bluebonnets where suddenly the brown grass turns purple and blue. Oklahoma takes it up a notch too in the spring as fields of yellow and red seem to pop up overnight. Sure, most people associate spring in Oklahoma with severe weather and tornadoes, but the state has so much more to offer. In fact, Oklahoma wildflowers are my favorite thing about spring in this flyover state.

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Oklahoma Wildflowers: Bluebonnets

Texas may be known for its bluebonnets, but fortunately, it isn’t the only state where this beautiful wildflower grows natively. Although the bluebonnet fields in Oklahoma aren’t as prevalent, widespread, or celebrated as those in Texas, you can still find bluebonnets popping up beginning in late March or early April.  The closer you get to the Texas state line, the more likely you’ll be to find a field of bluebonnets in Oklahoma. But in a good wildflower year you can find them as far north as north Oklahoma City. Beyond bluebonnets, Oklahoma has a variety of other native wildflowers that bloom throughout the state.

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Move over Texas, bluebonnet fields are found in Oklahoma, too!

Oklahoma Wildflowers: Indian Paintbrush

Not to be confused with the Indian Blanket, which is the Oklahoma state flower, the Indian Paintbrush is one of the most beautiful flowers that bloom natively in Oklahoma. If the weather is good in the fall then you can have some incredible flower fields of Indian Paintbrush in Oklahoma the following spring. What is incredible about the Indian Paintbrush is that on average only 40% of the available seeds bloom every spring. That means in most years you’re only seeing about half of the available flowers. If the weather is perfect then the beauty you see could look even better.

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The Indian Paintbrush is one of my favorite Oklahoma wildflowers

Imagine the field in the image above being 60% fuller.

Oklahoma Wildflowers: Canola Fields

Who could forget the fields of canola? Technically, this isn’t a wildflower; it’s a crop. But in spring, canola fields paint the Oklahoma landscape a vibrant shade of yellow.

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Canola fields in Oklahoma are not actually wildflowers, they are crops grown by farmers.

Canola fields bloom rapidly so you only have about a week or two to see them at their peak. But they’re tough to beat. These fields are awesome. So awesome, in fact, that you can see them from space.

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Canola fields in Oklahoma seen from space.

Another thing that makes Oklahoma wildflowers so great is that they don’t bloom until after Texas flowers have bloomed. Since Oklahoma sits north of Texas, the growing season begins later and ends later, too.

Texas wildflowers peak in early April whereas Oklahoma wildflowers peak mid-to-late April or in early May. It all depends on the weather.

So if the Texas Bluebonnets aren’t enough for you, take a quick drive north to Oklahoma a few weeks later, and you’ll experience even more beautiful wildflowers. Oklahoma can leave you breathless just like Texas did.

Oklahoma Wildflowers – Coreopsis

Just as the grass starts growing again and the trees get their leaves back, flower fields in Oklahoma start popping up everywhere.

Besides canola fields and Indian Paintbrush, there is another beautiful flower that blooms wild in Oklahoma. Many simply call them “bright yellow flowers” but the real name for these is Coreopsis.

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Coreopsis flowers growing along the side of the road in Oklahoma.

Coreopsis is a sun-loving, low maintenance perennial with daisy-like flowers. They are drought tolerant, long-blooming, and happy to grow in poor, sandy or rocky soil which means you will probably see these on the side of the road providing easy access from your car.

These flowers don’t bloom until late into the spring and early summer. When most of the Oklahoma flowers have bloomed and gone to seed, these flowers are just getting started.

Look for them to start blooming around the middle of May.

Best places to see flower fields in Oklahoma

So where should you go to find wildflowers in Oklahoma? The Enid-Guthrie region has some fantastic canola fields. Around Guthrie, you’ll find some off of West Prairie Grove Road. You’ll also find some beautiful canola fields blooming north of Enid.

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Some of the best flower fields in Oklahoma are located near the town of Enid.

If you’re looking for Bluebonnet and Indian Paintbrush fields then you’ll want to head north from Oklahoma City a little bit. The Oklahoma City metro has a few big roadside areas, particularly along I35 just north of the Kilpatrick Turnpike and along I44 between I235 and I35. But you can also head south on I-44 from OKC to Chickasha. You’ll find some good blooms along the road in areas that are safe to pull over. Also, things get colorful near Turner Falls. You’ll even find wildflowers sprouting up in the highway median. But you don’t have to drive out to the rural areas to find fields of flowers. Within the OKC metro area you can find some great fields of Indian Paintbrush, particularly in the Norman area, near University Town Center.

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The Indian Painbrush flower fields in Oklahoma make a great place to take colorful, family photos.

Oklahoma has a lot more to offer than just severe storms. And the fields prove it!

That right there should make you say, ” Sweet Mother Oklahoma….”

Do you know of a great flower field in Oklahoma to experience nature in full bloom? Drop us a comment and let us know where you have found the most vibrant, colorful spring flowers in the state. Or if you have a question or comment about Oklahoma’s wildflowers, we are happy to try and help!

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19 comments on “Oklahoma Wildflowers: Visiting the flyover state in spring”

I love the wildflowers. I know Lady Bird Johnson had a lot to do with all the different wildflowers in Texas. And I think she had a highway beautiful highway program.

I always picture myself exploring a vast field of blooms. Your photos have showcased while I’ve always fantasized about such a scene. It seems like you visited on a perfect day! Those tips are so handy too, so that visitors who wanted to see these wildflowers can time their visit!

These are such beautiful flowers and I have not really thought of Oklahoma as a flower place. I can’t believe that is only 40% blossom, can you image if they all bloomed 🙂 I also like the fact you can explore these without paying a fee. Really pretty..

Very beautiful impressions! What can be more relaxing but also exciting to have such a nice trip into mother nature with the whole family.
This is what I love about spring – nature is bursting and representing itself from such a beautiful perspective. Oklahoma as I can see here now is no exception to this and I really love the “wild” component in it.

I pictured myself between the wildflowers field <3! It's just so beautiful. I love the color so much! I would love to see when they are 100% bloomed.

I agree, Spring is also my favorite season. Love how everything starts blooming and your pictures are so lovely. Never been to Oklahoma but will try to visit during spring so I can explore these places.

Beautiful pics! I’ve never been to Oklahoma before but might have to make a trip now! I just saw the yellow canola fields in China – they only bloom for a few weeks each year so I felt pretty lucky that I got to see it. Thanks for sharing about this hidden gem!

Each spring there is a four-mile stretch of wildflowers in the median between Duncan and Marlow. It starts with bluebonnets and pink flowers then little yellow flowers bloom and it ends with the reds of Indian Paintbrush and Galardia.

Southern Oklahoma roadsides are packed with zinnias, coneflowers, thistle and there are entire pastures of Indian Paintbrush. Northeast Oklahoma has roadside jonquils from old homesteads. The area around Ada to McAlester in the spring and summer has huge fields of Queen Anne’s lace. From Caddo to Custer to Garfield Counties you’ll find canola crops with vibrant yellow flowers in spring. And don’t miss the miles and miles of cotton fields around Altus.

Beautiful! I love wildflowers, even dandelions, and those purple ones that look like giraffes.
You can tell, I’m not a gardener, but I do love flowers.

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