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Oklahomans are proud of their state wildflowers, as proven by their participation in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Roadside Wildflower Program. They have voluntarily contributed a total of $280,086 for the purchase of seed for highway planting during the last 19 years. In 2006, ODOT crews planted 121 acres in 62 roadside sites statewide. There is a total now of1345 active acres in 586 different sites around Oklahoma.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Please contact your local Oklahoma Department of Transportation Field Division for assistance in planning and implementing any roadside wildflower programs.
Wildflower seed is expensive. The state flower, Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), costs aproximately $20 a pound, and 10 pounds are needed to plant one acre. ODOT requests that enough seed be purchased to plant a minimum of one acre (approximately $200 worth of seed).
Three drill seeders, specifically designed for wildflowers, are used by ODOT for planting on highway roadsides. In order to have a seeder scheduled, the Beautification Office must be contacted before July 15th. Wildflowers must be planted in the fall. To insure a smooth planting period, contact us in the spring or early summer as you start the fund raising process.