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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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Everything's coming up wildflowers

Fall is one of the best times to see Florida's display of native wildflowers, which several upcoming events will feature. Come see us at these events:

  • Wings and Wildflowers in Tavares on Oct. 3-5 will feature talks, tours and displays, as well as sales goods and children's activities. Come and join in the fun while experiencing Lake County's wonderful array of natural lands, and learn from experts on native habitats, birds and more. Learn more at www.wingsandwildflowers.com.
  • Backyard Biodiversity Day on Oct. 18 at Mead Garden in Winter Park. Take walks in the garden's natural areas, learn about efforts to restore its sandhill ecosystem, hear about the importance of maintaining biodiversity and how it relates to our own health. Wildflower plants and seeds will be on sale, and area environmental organizations will have plenty of information on hand. Learn more at www.meadgarden.org.

 

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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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Take the Wildflower & Native Plant Pledge

In urban landscapes, when the right Florida native wildflower or plant is used in the right place, it usually needs little help to thrive once established. But as a society, we've moved far away from utilizing our valuable natives when selecting plants for the landscapes that are closest to our doorstep. Instead, exotic and hybridized trees, plants and groundcovers have gained favor, many of which often require much more water, fertilizer, pesticides to grow in La Florida.

During National Wildflower Week (May 5-9), you can show your support for native, natural Florida by pledging to use La Florida's original vegetation in your landscape. You need not have an all-native yard to take the pledge. Even if you're starting with your first Florida native plant, you can participate!

Take the Pledge now!

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The Florida Wildflower Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; contributions are tax deductible. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR THE FLORIDA WILDFLOWER FOUNDATION, A FLORIDA-BASED NONPROFIT CORPORATION (REGISTRATION NO. CH12319), MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING THEIR WEBSITE HERE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.