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Now blooming: Fringed meadowbeauty

Date Posted: Jun 16, 2017

Fringed meadowbeauty is an herbaceous perennial wildflower with showy pink blooms. It occurs naturally in wet prairies, bogs and flatwoods, and along coastal swales. It flowers spring through summer and attracts many pollinators, especially bees.

Want an easy way to identify a meadowbeauty? Just look for the urn-shaped hypanthium. What's that mean? Read our blog to find out!  

Photo by Mary Keim

Now blooming: Candyroot

Date Posted: Jun 09, 2017

Candyroot is an annual herbaceous wildflower found in wet to moist pine flatwoods, wet prairies and coastal swales. It typically blooms in late spring through summer, but can bloom year-round. The plant’s root has a licorice flavor when chewed, hence the common name “candyroot.” The name Polygala comes from the Greek polys, which means “many or much,” and gala, which means “milk.” It is so-named because it was once believed that the presence of Polygala species in cow fields would result in higher milk production (hence the common name of “milkwort” for both the genus and family).

Learn more about candyroot on our blog.

Photo by Mary Keim

Now blooming: Pale grasspink

Date Posted: Jun 02, 2017

Pale grasspink (Calopogon pallidus) is a terrestrial orchid that grows in bogs and wet flatwoods, prairies and roadsides. Its flowers can have white, pale pink or purplish-pink petals. The top petal bears a tuft of yellow stamen-like bristles that attract pollinators but provide no reward. Instead, they help trick and trap naive bees into pollinating the flower. Want to know how they do it? Read our blog and find out!

Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

Now blooming: Whitemouth dayflower

Date Posted: May 26, 2017

Whitemouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) is an erect ephemeral wildflower found in pinelands, coastal uplands and scrub habitats. It generally blooms in summer and fall, but is known to bloom year-round in South Florida.

Blooms attract a variety of pollinators, especially bees. Seeds are eaten by birds, and the foliage is sometimes consumed by gopher tortoises. The plant is also edible to humans. The flowers can be eaten raw or candied. Leaves are best cooked (boiled or fried), but the young shoots and tips can be eaten raw.

Learn about this fleeting flower on our blog.

Photo by Mary Keim

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September 22-23, 2017: 2017 Florida Wildflower Symposium

All the News

Jun 16, 2017Now blooming: Fringed meadowbeauty

Jun 09, 2017Now blooming: Candyroot

Jun 02, 2017Now blooming: Pale grasspink

May 26, 2017Now blooming: Whitemouth dayflower

May 11, 2017Now blooming: Pinewoods milkweed

Apr 21, 2017Now blooming: Swamp tickseed

Apr 14, 2017Now blooming: Parsley haw

Apr 07, 2017Now blooming: Southeastern sneezeweed

Mar 23, 2017Now blooming: Swamp leather-flower

Mar 31, 2017Now blooming: Wild columbine

Mar 17, 2017Now blooming: Southern crabapple

Mar 13, 2017Wildflower Symposium: Call for Presenters

Mar 10, 2017Now blooming: Solomon's seal

Feb 28, 2017Spring wildflowers bloom earlier than normal, thanks to weather pattern

Feb 24, 2017Now blooming: Violet butterwort

Feb 17, 2017Now blooming: Rusty lyonia

Feb 10, 2017What's blooming

Feb 10, 2017Now blooming: Crossvine

Feb 03, 2017Now blooming: Wakerobin

Jan 30, 2017Top 10 Flower Fridays - your clicks and picks!

Jan 20, 2017FDOT District 3 'dynamic duo' honored

Jan 19, 2017Doug Tallamy headlines annual Panhandle Wildflower Alliance meeting

Dec 30, 2016Now blooming: Fanpetals

Dec 02, 2016Now blooming: Indianpipe

Nov 25, 2016Now blooming: Fragrant ladies'-tresses

Nov 18, 2016Now blooming: Rice button aster

Nov 11, 2016Now blooming: Hairyawn muhly

Mar 03, 2016Wildflower activities for classrooms available for download

Nov 04, 2016Now blooming: Seminole false foxglove

Oct 28, 2016Now blooming: Bushy seaside oxeye

Oct 21, 2016Now blooming: Vanillaleaf

Oct 14, 2016Now blooming: Summer farewell

Oct 10, 2016Photo contest winners announced

Oct 07, 2016Now blooming: Dogtongue wild buckwheat

Sep 16, 2016Now blooming: Grassleaf Barbara's buttons

Sep 09, 2016Now blooming: Skyflower

Sep 02, 2016Now blooming: Catesby's lily

Aug 26, 2016Now blooming: Sandbog deathcamas

Aug 19, 2016Now blooming: Pineland heliotrope

Aug 10, 2016Now blooming: Swamp milkweed

Aug 05, 2016Now blooming: Comfortroot

Jul 29, 2016Now blooming: Lanceleaf blanketflower

Jul 22, 2016Now blooming: Spotted water hemlock

Jul 15, 2016Now blooming: Hairy leafcup

Jul 08, 2016Now blooming: Pitted stripeseed

Jul 01, 2016Now blooming: Baldwin's eryngo

Jun 24, 2016Now blooming: Whorled milkweed

Jun 17, 2016Now blooming: Yellow colicroot

Jun 09, 2016Now blooming: Pale meadowbeauty

May 27, 2016Now blooming: Swamp azalea

May 20, 2016Now blooming: Southern beeblossom

May 11, 2016Now blooming: Pricklypear cactus

May 06, 2016Now blooming: Mock bishopsweed

May 03, 2016Double your impact for natural Florida during National Wildflower Week

Apr 29, 2016Now blooming: Blue eyed grass

Apr 21, 2016Now blooming: False indigo

Apr 14, 2016Now blooming: White wild indigo

Apr 07, 2016Now blooming: Fringetree

Apr 04, 2016Wildflower Farm Field Day and Photography Workshop

Mar 31, 2016Now blooming: Mountain laurel

Mar 24, 2016Now blooming: Lanceleaf tickseed

Mar 16, 2016It was a great year for wildflowers!

Mar 16, 2016Now blooming: Eastern redbud

Mar 10, 2016Now blooming: Black titi

Mar 04, 2016Now blooming: Wild blue phlox

Mar 12, 2016New Coreopsis species

Feb 29, 2016Spring Wildflower Tour of SR 65

Feb 26, 2016Now blooming: Rue anemone

Feb 18, 2016Now blooming: Yellow butterwort

Feb 12, 2016Now blooming: Four petal St. John's wort

Feb 10, 2016Panhandle Wildflower Alliance to meet

Feb 05, 2016Now blooming: Sandhill wireweed

Jan 29, 2016Now blooming: Tread softly

Jan 22, 2016Now blooming: False rosemary

Jan 15, 2016Now blooming: Coastalplain goldenaster

Dec 11, 2015Tour Orlando Wetlands Park With FWF

Dec 11, 2015Moran photo exhibit finds permanent home

Jun 24, 201528 Seeds for Schools grants announced

Mar 26, 2015Pinellas 'Viva Florida' wildflower landscape demonstrates use of native plants

Mar 17, 2015Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to host FWF scientific literature database

Feb 03, 2015Download our winter newsletter

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