Learn to Grow

Get started growing wildflowers

Bring best practices home. Discover the best methods for establishing wildflowers in your garden with resources that will help you select and find the right plant for the right place.

What is native?

A Florida native wildflower is a flowering herbaceous species that grew wild within the state’s natural ecosystems in the 1560s, when Florida’s first botanical records were created. 

Read the Foundation’s full definition of Florida native plants, including cultivars.

Bee on Beggarticks (Bidens alba) by Bob Peterson (CC BY 2.0)

Getting Started

Start with 20 Easy Wildflowers

With interest mounting in using wildflowers in urban landscapes, there is a huge demand for information for those new to Florida’s native plants. Enter “20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers.”

The 24-page magazine features a selection of 20 “tried and true” wildflowers that are easy to grow and maintain. And, with interest in supporting our beleaguered bees, butterflies and wildlife at an all-time high, readers will find that the selected plants excel at providing nectar, pollen and habitat.

Your Florida garden plan

  • Choose plants correct for your site’s conditions and climate zone.
  • For sunny gardens, choose a site that gets four or more hours of sun.
  • For shade gardens, select a site with light daily or afternoon shade.
  • Use native grasses or groundcovers to fill space and add interest.
  • Select plants that provide resources for birds, bees and butterflies.
  • Let seeds dry and set naturally to produce new plants.

Learn to grow Florida’s native wildflowers

Our helpful videos will introduce you to some of Florida’s easy-to-grow wildflowers and show you how to add them to your landscape.

Partridge pea
Blue porterweed
St. Andrew’s Cross
Buttonsage

Get to know Florida’s native wildflowers

Celestial lily

Celestial lily (Nemastylis floridana) is a heavenly wildflower found in wet flatwoods and freshwater marshes and swamps. Its dainty violet flowers bloom August through October and attract mostly bees.
Read More Celestial lily

Swamp rose

Swamp rose (Rosa palustris) blooms in late spring through early summer and attracts a variety of pollinators — especially native bees. Its fruits are consumed by birds and small mammals.
Read More Swamp rose

Orange milkwort

Orange milkwort (Polygala lutea) blooms March through November, but can bloom year-round. Its flowers are self-pollinating. Its seeds are spread almost exclusively by ants.
Read More Orange milkwort

Swamp milkweed

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias perennis) blooms in late spring through early fall and attracts many pollinators. It is a larval host plant for Monarch, Queen and Soldier butterflies.
Read More Swamp milkweed

Get the facts on growing native wildflowers

Adding wildflowers to your landscape is easy — just select the right plant for the right place. On this page, you’ll find information that will help you be a blooming success. Reduce shipping costs and carbon footprint by downloading and printing these educational handouts.

Order copies of our brochures and handouts for a school, meeting or event. Or print them yourself and reduce shipping costs and carbon footprint. Just click on the handout(s) below and download them as printable PDFs.

20 Easy-to-Grow Wildflowers

This 24-page magazine features 20 “tried and true” wildflowers that are easy to grow and maintain in home and urban landscapes.

Attracting Bees

You can help provide food and habitat for Florida’s native bees and other beneficial insects by landscaping with native wildflowers.

Attracting Birds

Bring birds into your landscape by planting Florida native wildflowers, grasses and shrubs that provide food and habitat. Learn more now.

Attracting Butterflies

You can help provide food and habitat for Florida’s butterflies by landscaping with native wildflowers. Learn more now.

Collecting Seed

One of the easiest methods of supplying new wildflowers for your yard is by growing your own from seed. Collecting seed from your plants is fun, and growing wildflowers from seed is easier than you think.

Create a Pollinator Pot

The insects that pollinate our food crops and natural areas are in steep decline. Our suburban landscapes are more important than ever in supporting them. No place for a garden? No problem! Our new video and handout can help you create a small pollinator oasis in a pot!

Dry Landscapes

Wondering what native wildflowers and plants to use in a dry landscape? Use our new handout to evaluate your landscape’s soil moisture and choose diverse species that will thrive and give your landscape a “real Florida” feel.

Monarchs and Milkweed

Learn about Monarch butterflies and the Florida native milkweed they require as host plants for their caterpillars. The publication features cautions about the use of non-native Tropical milkweed.

Plant selection guide

This guide includes over 70 Florida native wildflowers, shrubs, vines and grasses that work well in home landscapes. It will help you choose plants based on your location, soil and light conditions, color and season of bloom, and pollinator use.

Seeding Dates

Sowing seed at the appropriate time of year is one of the factors critical to successfully establishing a native wildflower/grass planting. Seed must be sown when germination, emergence and subsequent growth will occur quickly enough for wildflowers to fend off competing weed seedlings and for seedlings to tolerate adverse weather conditions.

Shady landscapes

Wondering what native wildflowers and plants to use in a shady landscape? Use our new handout to evaluate your landscape’s light conditions and choose diverse species that will thrive and give your landscape a “real Florida” feel.

Starting from seed

Follow these 12 steps to establish a small landscape planting of native wildflowers.

find everything you need

Plants and seeds

Plant Real Florida
   Find plants, native nurseries and landscape professionals

Florida Wildflower Seed Co-op
   Purchase native wildflower seeds

Other resources

Florida Native Plant Society
   Build a list of appropriate native plants for your landscape

Natives for Your Neighborhood
   See what native plants occur in your Zip code 

Tools and tips for homeowners and professionals
   More resources for sustainable landscaping 

Create beauty with native plants. Photo by Steve Cannon