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.
Southern beeblossom (Oenothera simulans) is an erect herbaceous annual that produces wandlike spikes of fuzzy, reddish-pink buds that open in the evening as delicate white four-petaled blossoms. They turn pink the following day and then wither away.
Photo by Mary Keim.more...
The bright yellow flowers of pricklypear cactus attract a wide range of pollinators, especially native bees. The fleshy fruits and seeds are eaten by birds, small mammals and gopher tortoises (who also enjoy browsing the pads). Pricklypear cactus fruits and young pads are also edible to humans.
Photo by Stacey Matrazzo.more...
Mock bishopsweed (Ptilimnium capillaceum) is a delicate little annual that is too often disregarded as a weed. But it is a must-have for any butterfly garden as it is a host plant for the black swallowtail butterfly.
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