Want to know what’s blooming in your neck of the woods?
We’ve got you covered with our seasonal bloom reports, wildflower driving routes and hotspots, and interactive “What’s Blooming” map.
Summer is milkweed season!
Of the 22 milkweed species that occur in Florida, all but one are native. Our native milkweeds bloom mainly in spring or summer; however, in summer, only four of them are common and relatively easy to spot. Do you know which milkweeds to look for this summer?
What’s in bloom?
Click the slider icon on the map below to select spring, summer and/or fall. Then click on a flower symbol to see each user-submitted photo of what’s blooming in different parts of the state.
Have a wildflower sighting to share? Submit it to email@example.com with species name and the location so we can show it on the map! (Don’t know what species it is? We can help identify it. Be sure to describe the habitat in which it was found growing.)
don’t pick it!
Many native wildflowers reproduce only by seed. Picking a flower reduces the ability of a population of wildflowers to sustain itself.
It’s the law
Picking the flowers of any endangered or threatened species is illegal in Florida (Florida Statute 581.185).
Don’t be a hazard
Stopping alongside a road can be hazardous to you and other motorists. It’s best to view roadside wildflowers from your vehicle.
Take to the road to see what’s blooming
Wildflower lovers are helping to document wildflowers throughout Florida. Check out the map below to see what they’ve spotted blooming.
You can help grow our wildflower map — all you need is a digital camera, a map or GPS unit and a field guide. Simply email your native wildflower photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, the plant’s name (scientific name preferred), location (be specific; include GPS coordinates if possible), and the date on which the photo was taken.
Roadsides provide the open, full-sun conditions that many wildflower species need to survive, making them ideal places for opportunistic wildflowers to spring up. The Foundation has documented species along roadsides in several areas of the state, noting their location and abundance.
- Florida Panhandle: Includes great roads for wildflower viewing in the Panhandle. Download the brochure, which features photos of more than 40 common native wildflowers.
- St. Johns River to the Sea Bike Loop: Volusia, Brevard, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
- Big Bend Wildflower Route: Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee and Taylor counties.
- Corkscrew Swamp Vicinity Wildflower Route: Collier, Hendry and Lee counties.
Learn about county resolutions that are saving roadside wildflowers.
Where can I find wildflowers?
Wildflower hot spots include highways managed by FDOT, such as Florida’s Turnpike and Interstates 75, 95 and 4. Many rural roads, especially in the Panhandle and Big Bend, also are known for abundant bloom.
- Florida National Scenic Trail
- Florida Water Management Districts lands
- Florida State Parks
- Hiking Statewide — Wildflower Walks
- National Forest lands
- US Forest Service
- Big Bend Scenic Byway
- Goethe State Forest (Alachua/Levy County)
- State Road 65, between Telogia and Sumatra
- Apalachicola River WEA
- State Road 9A, between Gate Parkway and Baymeadows Road, Duval County
- State Road 26, west of Gainesville
- State Road 100, Keystone Heights; also between Bunnell and Palatka
- State Road 228, just north of State Road 23, Duval County
- State Road 500/ U.S. Highway Alt. 27, Chiefland to Williston
- U.S. Highway 27, from north end of Perry for about 3-4 miles
- U.S. Highway 27, Suwannee County
- U.S. Highway 27/98, Dixie and Levy County
- U.S. Highway 90, between Lake City and Live Oak
- U.S. Highway 301 at the Florida/Georgia border, Nassau County
- Ocala National Forest
- I-75, Pasco County
- Florida’s Turnpike
- Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
- Longleaf Pine Preserve, Volusia County
- Seminole State Forest, Lake County
- Lake County Wildflower Route Map
- Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka