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.
Doug Tallamy, renowned author of Bringing Nature Home, will deliver the keynote address, "Why Roadsides Matter," at the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19,
in Panama City.
The Panhandle Wildflower Allinace is a loose communications network formed by the Florida Wildflower Foundation and wildflower advocates throughout the region. The meeting is free and open to the public. Experts from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Museum of Natural History, along with local wildflower advocates, will share news and tips about preserving Florida's roadside wildflowers and how to put proven methods to work in your own county.
Fanpetals (Sida spp.) bloom year-round in dry uplands and ruderal and disturbed areas. This member of the Hibiscus family attracts bees and butterfies, including the tropical checkered skipper, for which it is a larval host.
Photo of common fanpetals (Sida ulmifolia) by Grace Howell.more...
Also known as ghost plant, indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora) is an odd and interesting wildflower as it contains no chlorophyll. It begins its life as a white, translucent plant, turning pinkish and developing blackish-purple flecks as it matures (pictured right).
It is often mistaken for a fungus because of its growth habit and lack of color, but it is actually a myco-heterotrophic species.
Photo by David Nolan.more...
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