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Why native wildflowers?

Wildflowers do much more than give La Florida, the “land of flowers,” its unique sense of place.

Because they’ve adapted to Florida’s conditions and pests, they typically require less water, fertilizer and pesticides than other flowers. They also support myriad native wildlife, from bees to hummingbirds.
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On tour: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers

Our touring photo exhibit, "La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers," commemorates the natural history and culture of our state, which Juan Ponce de Leon named in 1513. Roughly translated, La Florida means place or land of flowers.

The display includes 15 glorious large-format photos by nature photographer John Moran, perfectly illustrating the timeless beauty of Florida's native wildflowers. See a list of venues and dates through 2014. Click here to become an exhibit sponsor. Learn more about the commemoration of La Florida's 500 years on our Viva Florida page. 

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No matter where you want wildflowers, this site has the information you need. Visit our page on Planting and Growing Wildflowers to learn how you can be successful in any setting.

Take a road trip!

Plan a trip in the Land of Flowers by seeing what's in bloom across the state. Our interactive gallery features all seasons and regions. Whether you go by car, bike or foot, our Website is your map and guide to the fabulous wildflowers of Florida

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Download our summer newsletter

In it you'll find articles on:

  • The 2014 Florida Wildflower Symposium at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
  • Where to view summer wildflowers
  • New wildflower resolutions adopted
  • Skyflower (Hydrolea corymbosa)
  • Gopher tortoises and their diet
  • FWF Member Chris Waltz
  • The first "Wildflowers, Naturally!" qualified landscape
  • Rattlesnakemaster (Eryngium spp.)
  • The Panhandle wildflower brochure migrating to the web

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Save the date: Wildflower Symposium to be held Sept. 19-20 at Bok Tower Gardens

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, will be the keynote speaker at the Florida Wildflower Symposium, Sept. 19 and 20 at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. A nationally renowned speaker, Tallamy chairs the University of Delaware's Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in Newark, Del. He has written more than 65 research articles and has taught insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects.

Tallamy's appearance at the symposium banquet on Friday, Sept. 19, is just one of the event's highlights. On Saturday, Sept. 20, there will be presentations by regional experts on wildflowers, native plants, wildlife and butterflies, and a workshop during which participants can design their own native wildflower landscape. Friday field trips include a stroll along the Wildflower Wayside Shrine Trail at South Florida State College, Avon Park. There will also be a wildflower propagation workshop, a tour of Bok's endangered plant nursery, and a guided walk of the gardens' sandhill restoration area.  For news of registration opening, join our e-news list.
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FDOT study: Roadside ecosystem services valued at more than 1/2 billion dollars

A recently released Florida Department of Transportation study conservatively estimates that roadside vegetation along the state highway system performs nearly a half-billion dollars worth of ecosystem services.

The study found that value would increase to $1 billion if sustainable vegetation management practices such as reduced mowing were adopted. The value would triple to $1.5 billion if wildflower areas were incorporated into roadside landscapes.

Ecosystem services include carbon sequestration, runoff prevention, and support of crop pollinators and other insects, as well as contributions to air quality, invasive species resistance and roadside aesthetics.

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