15 Kinds of PINK Wildflowers in New Hampshire (w/Pics)

Did you find a PINK wildflower in New Hampshire?

Types of pink wildflowers in New Hampshire

 

If so, I’m sure you’re wondering what type of wildflower you found! Luckily, you can use this guide to help you identify it. ūüôā

 

Please be aware that today I’m ONLY listing and focusing on the most COMMON pink wildflowers. There are so many species, varieties, and subspecies that it would be impossible to name them all. But if you want to dive deeper into all the pink wildflowers in New Hampshire, check out this field guide!

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Today, we will look at 15 different PINK wildflowers found in New Hampshire.

 


#1. Swamp Milkweed

  • Asclepias incarnata

Also known as: Pink Milkweed

Pink wildflowers in New Hampshire

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-11
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 24-72 in (61-183 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

Swamp Milkweed is a native pink wildflower in New Hampshire.

 

It grows in wet meadows and along lakeshores. Look for its clusters of deep pink flowers to identify it.

 

If you want a variety of pollinators to visit your garden, Swamp Milkweed is the ideal wildflower to plant. Its clusters of fragrant flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The leaves are an incredibly important food source for Monarch caterpillars.

 


#2. Spreading Dogbane

  • Apocynum androsaemifolium

Also known as: Fly-trap Dogbane, Bitterroot

New Hampshire pink wildflowers

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 24-60 in (61-152 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

 

As you might have guessed from its name, Spreading Dogbane is a prolific grower, which is why you’ll find it widespread across both North America and Europe. It’s called “dogbane” because it is highly poisonous to dogs (and humans too).

 

Spreading Dogbane has small, pink bell-shaped flowers and a scent similar to lilac. Look for this pink wildflower in New Hampshire in the sandy soil of streambanks.

 


#3. Crown Vetch

  • Securigera varia

Also known as: Purple Crownvetch, Crownvetch

Types of pink wildflowers in New Hampshire

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 12-72 in (30-183 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

Even though the large, pink clover-like blooms of Crown Vetch are beautiful, this plant is invasive in North America. Native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, Crown Vetch was introduced locally to be used as a groundcover in controlling soil erosion.

 

This pink wildflower grows in New Hampshire on sunny, sandy banks where it can push out less hardy plants.

 

If you plant Crown Vetch on your property, choose an isolated location far away from flower gardens. Don’t forget to control its growth so it doesn’t spread to other areas and invade native species and ecosystems.

 


#4. Sweet Joe Pye Weed

  • Eutrochium purpureum

Also known as: Purple Joe Pye Weed

Pink wildflowers in New Hampshire

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 24-96 in (61-244 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

 

It’s no surprise that Sweet Joe Pye Weed is a favorite of gardeners and pollinators. This stunning ornamental plant has huge, dome-shaped pink flowers and smells like vanilla!

 

In addition to making your garden more beautiful, it will attract butterflies, moths, and native bees. Overwintering birds also eat the seeds of this flower once the blooms have died back.

 

Look for this pink wildflower in New Hampshire in meadows near ponds and streams.

 


#5. Trumpetweed

  • Eutrochium fistulosum

Also known as: Joe-Pye Weed, Queen of the Meadow

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 24-144 in (61-366 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

 

This pink wildflower in New Hampshire grows naturally in prairies, wet forests, and roadside ditches.

 

With its impressive height, Trumpetweed, which is also known as Joe Pye Weed, is also a perfect accent plant along your garden’s borders.

 

This vanilla-scented wildflower is an important source of nectar for butterflies and honeybees. You can also expect songbirds to eat the seeds of Trumpetweed.

 


#6. Wild Mint

  • Mentha arvensis

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 3.9-39 in (10-99 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Light Shade

 

Wild Mint is a native wildflower with dense clusters of lavender, pink, or white bell-shaped flowers. Like other species of mint, the fragrance is most potent when the leaves are damaged.

 

Look for this pink wildflower in New Hampshire in wetlands with partial sunlight. It grows best on stream and river banks.

 


#7. Marsh Hedgenettle

  • Stachys palustris

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 8-39 in (20-99 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

Native to Europe and Asia, the Marsh Hedgenettle is an invasive pink wildflower in New Hampshire. The fast-growing root system can overwhelm other plants quickly, so it’s best to limit its growth or plant it in an isolated area.

 

Look for Marsh Hedgenettle in ponds, bogs, and swamps in the wild. The pointed flowers grow on single stems and look like bristles on a brush.

 


#8. Pink Lady’s Slipper

  • Cypripedium acaule

Also known as: Pink Moccasin Flower

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8a
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 4-24 in (10-61 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

Pink Lady’s Slipper is one of the most beautiful pink wildflowers in New Hampshire!

 

This hardy orchid has long stalks, bearing a single deep pink or magenta flower.

 

It’s relatively rare because it doesn’t propagate as well as other wildflowers. Pink Lady’s Slipper can take years to grow from seed to maturity, so if you see it growing in the wild, please don’t pick its flowers. It doesn’t transplant well and is very difficult to grow in gardens.

 


#9. Fireweed

  • Chamerion angustifolium

Also known as: Willow Herb

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Life Cycle: Annual or Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 18-120 in (46-305 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring and Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

True to its name, Fireweed is a resilient plant that will be the first to grow in clearings recently devastated by forest fires. In fact, Fireweed was seen growing throughout Washington State one year after Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980.

 

To find Fireweed, look for striking spikes of purplish-pink flowers covering a landscape. Hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies like to feed on this pink wildflower in New Hampshire.

 


#10. Deptford Pink

  • Dianthus armeria

Also known as: Grass Pink

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8a
  • Life Cycle: Annual or Biennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 12-30 in (30-76 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

The blooms of the Deptford Pink may be tiny, but they make up for their small size with their gorgeous coloring. A closer look at the petals will reveal an intricately dotted pattern of pink, white, and purple.

 

Deptford Pink is native to Europe, but this pink wildflower is a naturalized species in New Hampshire. It grows so well that it can take over roadsides, ditches, and fields.

 

Although the nectar is attractive to butterflies, skippers, and bees, Deptford Pink is a self-pollinating plant that doesn’t rely much on these insects.

 


#11. Virginia Meadow Beauty

  • Rhexia virginica

Also known as: Handsome Harry

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8a
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 6-36 in (15-91 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

The Virginia Meadow Beauty puts on one of the most spectacular displays of purple, pink, and blue flowers in the summer. The seed capsules, stems, and leaves are just as showy in the fall, all turning red after the blooming season.

 

Bees, moths, and butterflies are attracted to the Virginia Meadow Beauty, but only bumblebees are capable of pollinating this pink wildflower in New Hampshire.

 

You can find this native species abundantly growing in wetlands, bogs, sandy areas, and open fields recently disturbed by fires.

 


#12. Carolina Rose

  • Rosa carolina

Also known as: Pasture Rose, Prairie Rose

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9a
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 12-72 in (30-183 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Spring to Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

The Carolina Rose is one of the most popular pink wildflowers in New Hampshire.

 

The fragrant, bright pink blooms are not only pretty to look at but also bring a diverse variety of wildlife to your area. Bees, beetles, and hoverflies visit the flowers and use the plant parts as nesting material. The leaves feed Apple Sphinx Moth caterpillars. The rose hips are eaten by songbirds, quails, and small mammals. Even wild turkeys, elk, and deer are attracted to the Carolina Rose!

 

Be careful of the thorny stems and the hairy leaves of the Carolina Rose that can be irritating to the skin.

 


#13. Everlasting Pea

  • Lathyrus latifolius

Also known as: Perennial Pea, Perennial Peavine

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 60-120 in (152-305 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

The Everlasting Pea is a frost-hardy vine that requires little care and grows like a weed when not controlled. It is native to Europe but has been naturalized in North America since the 1700s. Look for this pink wildflower in New Hampshire on sunny banks with clay-rich soil.

 

The long tendrils and purplish-pink flowers of the Everlasting Pea look beautiful when climbing trellises or fences in your garden. You can also use it as a sprawling groundcover for banks and slopes.

 

Butterflies and bees find the pea-shaped blooms attractive. The vibrant colors will fade to white as the Everlasting Pea matures.

 


#14. Obedient Plant

  • Physostegia virginiana

Also known as: Obedience, False Dragonhead, Virginia Lions-heart

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-10
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 24-48 in (61-122 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

 

The Obedient Plant is named for the flowers that will stay in position if you push or bend them to one side. Look for the blushing pink or lilac flowers clustered along stiff stems, which grow to about four feet high.

 

This pink wildflower in New Hampshire grows in prairies, meadows, and unused fields. Plant it in your garden beds and borders to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. As its species name Virginiana hints, the Obedient plant is native to Virginia and other nearby states.

 


#15. Mountain Laurel

  • Kalmia latifolia

Also known as: Calico Bush, Mountain Ivy, Kalmia

Growing Information:

  • USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9a
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Approximate Mature Size: 48-384 in (122-975 cm) tall
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Full Shade

 

Mountain Laurel blooms are difficult to mistake for other pink wildflowers in New Hampshire.

 

As you can see, the blooms are distinctively geometric, with fused petals that form small cups. The petals are white or pale pink and have bright pink dots.

 

Dense thickets of this native shrub naturally blanket forest floors, but you will commonly see it cultivated as a small tree in gardens and parks.

 

Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the pink and white bell-shaped blooms.

 


Which of these pink wildflowers have you seen before in New Hampshire?

 

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