Date Posted: Apr 15, 2011
As in years past, wildflowers began blooming in South Florida in late February and March. The “spring show” gradually travels northward to culminate with peak blooming in the Panhandle in mid- to late May. This year in the Panhandle, however, wildflowers may peak a bit earlier because abundant late fall/early winter rain and above normal temperatures in March have accelerated flowering by a week or two, at least for some species.
Climatologists have been predicting a warm, dry spring. If that holds true, best blooming will tend to be in sunny moist areas – ditches and swales, moist prairies, and edges of streams, lakes and ponds. In addition, wildflower viewing generally will be better in rural areas where there are more natural stands of wildflowers and lower public expectations for manicured landscapes.
Visit What's in Bloom to see spring wildflowers blooming in La Florida, "Land of Flowers."