The wildflowers are coming into bloom here in Michigan, but does that mean that we can just pick them?

Springtime in Michigan

Spring is nature's grand opening, and boy, is it putting on a show! With all the showers we've had recently, and the early warmth, it's like Mother Nature hit the play button on a floral fireworks display.

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But before you go full-on flower thief to arrange the cutest bouquet, let's talk about the rules of the game. Can you snag those wild blooms you spot on your morning jog or along the roadside?

Is is Legal to Pick Wildflowers in Michigan?

The short answer is, no.

According to the USDA, it's illegal to pick any wildflowers without a permit if you wanna go full-on flower child in National Forests, Parks, or Monuments. Even on state or private lands, it's a no-go without written consent from the landowner. And don't even think about pulling off to the side of the highway to skip up some flowers. It's a strict 'look but don't touch' policy.

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But why all the red tape? Well, first off, those flowers necessary for all of our pollinator pals—bees, birds, and bats. Plus, some of those blooms might be invasive troublemakers or protected species, like the floral A-listers on Michigan's Endangered Species Act. And let's not forget the hitchhikers—bugs and critters—that could hitch a ride to your backyard paradise.

So, snap those selfies, but let those wildflowers do their thing and leaf them be.

Where to Find Fantastic U-Pick Sunflower Farms Across Michigan

When people think of "u-pick" farms, they tend to think of strawberries, blueberries cherries, and other fruits. But don't forget, there are pick-your-own flower farms across Michigan as well. We told you where you could find pick your own lavender farms at the start of the lavender season. Now, it's sunflower season! If you'd like to pick your own sunflowers, or at least take some Instagram-worthy pictures, here's where you can find some wonderful sunflower farms across Michigan.

Gallery Credit: Kristen Matthews

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