Date Posted: Apr 24, 2017
Enjoy the color of wild at the North Florida Wildflower Festival, to be held on Saturday, April 29, from 9a.m. to 2p.m. (CST) in downtown Blountstown. Come out and celebrate the beauty and charm of the region with plants, flowers, arts & crafts, kids' activities and more! For more information, visit Facebook.com/NFLWildflowerFest.
Date Posted: Apr 21, 2017
Swamp tickseed is a short-lived perennial with charming pink and yellow blooms. It occurs naturally in wet prairies, bogs, seepage slopes, wet flatwoods and roadside ditches. It blooms in spring (typically April and May) and is attractive to bees, although butterflies and other pollinators are known to visit them. Birds eat its seeds. One of 14 species of Coreopsis native to Florida, Swamp tickseed is the only one that is pink. It is often confused with the non-native Cosmos bipinnatus.
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Photo by Vince Lamb
Date Posted: Apr 14, 2017
Parsley haw is a deciduous flowering shrub or small tree with many showy flowers that bloom in the spring. It occurs naturally in moist wooded slopes, floodplains and riverine forests. Its flowers are an important source of nectar for a variety of pollinators. The plant is a larval food source for many butterfly and moth species, and provides food and shelter for birds and small mammals.
The genus Crataegus comes from the Greek word kratus or “strong” (referring to the wood) and akakia or akis, which means “thorn.” The common name “parsley haw” refers to the resemblance of the leaves to those of the herb parsley.
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Date Posted: Apr 07, 2017
Southeastern sneezeweed is an herbaceous perennial with delightful sunny blooms. Don’t let the name fool you — sneezeweed does not refer to the biological reaction one might have to smelling it. Rather, it is a reference to the plant’s historic use. Native Americans were known to dry and grind into a powder certain species of Helenium and use it as snuff.
Flowers typically bloom in spring, but may bloom year-round. They occur naturally in wet flatwoods and roadside ditches, and along marsh and swamp edges throughout Florida.
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Photo by Stacey Matrazzo
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