© words & music by Annie Wilson
from CD Sky & Water, Wind & Grass

Album Note:  Early spring brings the joyful return of life, growth and spectacular color to the prairie. When I see my favorite wildflowers again each year, it’s almost like a family reunion! Similarly, the speaker in this song greets each species like dear relatives at a family gathering.  However, this song contains only 24 wildflowers while the Flint Hills actually boast over 1000 blooming species!

This song video has a photo and caption with name for each wildflower - to help kids & others learn them all!

BELOW LYRICS:  see learning Activities and regular CD recording)


From the first day of the spring when they reach for the sky 
These prairie wildflowers add grace to our lives 
We welcome their faces just like a lost friend 
When-they leave, we can’t wait til they come back again 

Why Hello, White-eyed Grass, you’re the first to arrive 
Your tiny white flowers bring-the pastures to life 
And Hey, Wildindigo - handsome and tall 
A lot of folks say you’re their favorite of all 

Well, Wild Alfalfa, just how have you been 
Keepin clear out of trouble, I’m hopin old friend 
Why, there’s Lead-plant and Bee Balm so pretty we whistle 
Let’s give a big wave to that Wavy Leaf Thistle 

   It’s the sweetest reunion to see them again 
   These prairie wildflowers are just like old friends 

Catclaw Sensitive Brier - she’s shy to the touch 
We try not to crowd in around her too much 
Say Milk Vetch brought plums they call buffalo beans 
We can have ‘em for snacks with our New Jersey Tea 

Hello Butterfly Milkweed, You’re sure lookin fine 
That outfit you’re wearin just dazzles my eyes 
There’s sweet Rose Verbena and her bouquets of blue 
And Spiderwort’s leaves she can add to our stew 

The Prairie Wild Rose she loves tales of romance 
Her flowers belong on a dress at a dance 
The Primrose in white looks about to be wed 
She folds out her gown in the night before bed 


Hello pretty Penstemon, you’re lookin well 
We’re happy to see that you’re wearing your bells 
There’s the Coneflower sisters in Yellow and Pink 
That fresh Prairie Clover just gave them a wink 

Then down in the woods we see Cardinal Flower 
Her bright red dress glows in those dark shady bowers 
And-there’s Snow-on-the-Mountain with leaves white and 
Some call her a weed but she looks like a queen 

Fin’lly Gayfeather blooms in a bright purple haze 
Along with the tall showy blue Pitcher Sage 
Soon-the countryside’s shining with golden Sunflowers 
And last the sweet Aster in fall’s final hour 




Can you name the wildflowers in these photos?

Watch the video to learn, then check yourself with this

Also see free WILDFLOWER LESSON PLAN based on this song (flash cards, etc.)

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