Wildflower or Weed?

While riding Iowa bike trails it’s easy to take in the beauty nature provides.  There’s the song of birds, white clouds against blue skies, and wildflowers blooming alongside the trails.  But wait!  Is that a flower or a weed?  

Undesirable and highly invasive weeds in Iowa often display beautiful blooms. They also can quickly take over roadsides or fields and even cause extremely painful skin conditions if you come into contact with them!  

Over the past months I’ve taken pictures of some pretty blooms spotted during a bike ride. Take a peek and see if you can identify which is a weed and which is a wildflower.