Wildflowers are members of an active, dynamic natural system. Each interacts with other flora and fauna, contributing to the health of the system as a whole. Humans have also benefited from ancient and continuing associations with wildflowers; for instance, mayapple contains a chemical that is used in the treatment of skin cancer. The C&O Canal boasts over 600 species of wildflowers, some of which are listed as threatened or endangered within the state of Maryland.
You help protect one of the Park's greatest assets - its natural heritage - simply by showing appreciation and respect for all that lives here. We encourage you to take home a greater understanding of the park and fond memories. Plants need their flowers to reproduce, so please don't pick them; allow others the same opportunity to enjoy these small beauties.
The C&O Canal Association has published a guide to flowers along the canal. To view click here.
Native Spring Wildflowers