Identify forest and meadow plants by color
The first distinction is made, of course, according to the color of the flowers, which is one of the most obvious plant characteristics. For this reason, numerous identification books are structured precisely according to this basic scheme. Meadow flowers can have very different, bright colors: These can be red, blue, violet, yellow, green, white, purple or pink. In addition to the color of the flowers, the individual plants naturally differ based on their flower and leaf shape, their habitat, their type of propagation, etc. With some plants you have to look very carefully in order to be able to correctly identify individual species - this may be possible dangerous, the yarrow is confused with the highly poisonous giant barefoot.
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Wild meadow flowers or cultivated plants released into the wild?
You are certainly familiar with many meadow flowers from your garden at home. Over the centuries, resourceful gardeners developed very diverse and differently colored cultivars from the sometimes inconspicuous wildflowers. However, you should make sure that such cultivars are released into the wild, especially with rare and endangered wild plants (including cowslips). Such a release usually only leads to the fact that the wildflowers, which are already in distress, are pushed back even more.
Endangered meadow flowers must not be removed from nature
A reliable identification of the native meadow plants is particularly important if you want to pick a bouquet or collect seeds for your own wild meadow. Rare and threatened wild meadow flowers must never be picked or dug up. On the other hand, it is usually not a problem to collect the ripe seeds.
Tips & Tricks
There are probably several thousand different wild meadow flower species in Germany, which can be distinguished based on their location, their flower color and shape and other characteristics. Unless they are protected species, you can take them home and plant them in their own meadow. The best thing, however, is to let the flowers stand and instead just take the ripe seeds with you for sowing.