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Invasive Plants in Florida

Florida is uniquely varied in its climate and growing conditions, allowing a huge variety of plants to thrive. But some of the plants common to our home landscapes are invasive species, many of which are now widespread in Florida’s natural areas.

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Bearded grasspink

Bearded grasspinks (Calopogon barbatus) are the earliest bloomers of Florida’s four Calopogon species, generally starting in January and February. They occur in bogs, wet flatwoods, prairies and roadsides.

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Trumpet creeper, Campsis radicans

Trumpet creeper

Trumpet creeper (Campsis radicans) is a high-climbing woody vine so named because its showy flowers are trumpet-shaped. They bloom year-round and are very attractive to hummingbirds.

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Cultivating Knowledge and Beauty: Seedlings for Schools Applications Open March 1

Our Seedlings for Schools program will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2024. This program empowers schools across Florida to cultivate vibrant wildflower gardens, fostering educational experiences and connections to nature that extend far beyond the classroom.

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Meet board member Mona Johnston

Mona Johnston joined the Florida Wildflower Foundation board in September 2023, bringing with her an extensive knowledge and legacy of conserving South Florida’s native wildflowers.

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Yellow pitcherplant

Yellow pitcherplants (Sarracenia flava) are one of Florida’s fascinating carnivorous plant species. They can be found in bogs and wet flatwoods in the panhandle.

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Rusty lyonia

Rusty lyonia ( Lyonia ferruginea) is a long-lived evergreen flowering shrub, so named for the many rust-colored hairs that cover the plant’s leaves, stems and trunk.

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Cardinalflower

Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis) is an aquatic wildflower with erect spikes of brilliant red blooms that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

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What’s in store for 2024?

January may be coming to a close, but the new year is just getting started and we’ve got exciting plans for 2024. We’re thrilled to give you a look at what’s to come.

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Genetic research reveals rich diversity of lupines in Florida!

In a newly published study, researchers have defined three new species within Florida’s unifoliolate lupines and found further evidence supporting the naming of two previously described species that have not been consistently recognized as separate.

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Buttonsage

Buttonsage (Lantana involucrata) occurs naturally along coastal strands, dunes, hammocks, and pinelands in coastal counties from Pinellas and Brevard south to Monroe and into the Keys.

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Celebrating Micanopy’s Pollinator Victory Garden

Micanopy celebrated its 200th anniversary with a new Pollinator Victory Garden, supported by a Viva Florida grant. The garden will provide food, shelter and habitat for pollinators and be a centerpiece for this historic town.

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Innocence, Houstonia procumbens

Innocence

Although often overlooked, the diminutive white flowers and verdurous leaves of Innocence (Houstonia procumbens) are a welcome sight for anyone with the winter blues.

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Pygmy pipes

Winter brings interesting blooms to North Central Florida’s hardwood hammocks, including the cryptic Pygmy pipes (Monotropsis reynoldsiae). With only around 10 populations currently known, this narrow range endemic species is listed as state-endangered.

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All the leaves may be brown, but here’s why that’s beautiful!

In winter, many wildflowers go dormant or die back, dropping leaves and leaving brown stems adorned with flowerheads gone to seed. The urge to tidy up may be strong, but we urge you to take a cue from nature and rest!

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Yellow pitcherplant (Sarracenia flava var. rubricorpora) by Emily Bell

WEBINAR — Restoring Critical Habitat for Wildflowers and Wildlife in Florida’s Panhandle

In this webinar, Ryan Means covers efforts of the Coastal Plains Institute to restore an upland slash pine plantation back to longleaf pine flatwoods.

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Our favorite festive native wildflowers!

Plants play a big role in many holiday traditions – from beautifully decorated trees to bright red poinsettia blooms. Florida has some wonderful native plants that help get us into the spirit of the season.

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Eelgrass

Eelgrass (Vallisneria americana) is a rooted submersed aquatic plant found in lakes, rivers, springs and estuaries across Florida. It is a foundational species in waterbodies, providing critical habitat and forage for a wide range of wildlife.

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Calico aster

Calico aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) is a lovely fall-blooming aster that occurs in a wide variety of habitats — from forests to marshes and wet prairies — and ranges across Eastern and into Central North America.

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Bay cedar

Bay cedar (Suriana maritima) makes a wonderful hedge or specimen plant for coastal landscapes in Central and Southern Florida. It is evergreen, flowers year-round and is highly resistant to salt spray and hurricane force winds.

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Bartram' ixia (Calydorea caelestina) by Marc S. Frank

WEBINAR — Wildflowers and Weeds: Exploring What Native Means

In this webinar, Marc Frank helps answer what the best resources are for confirming if a particular species is native to your area, and what information botanists look at to determine if a species is native to Florida.

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Swamp rosemallow (Hibiscus grandiflorus) by Emily Bell

WEBINAR — Photographing Wildflowers for Beginners

In this webinar, Emily Bell covers two different types of plant photography: how to take effective photos for requesting plant identification, and how to photograph plants for fun and artistic purposes.

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Hairy shadow witch

The Hairy shadow witch (Ponthieva racemosa) is a stunning terrestrial orchid that blooms in late fall. It grows among the leaf litter of forest hammocks and swampy areas.

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Summer farewell

Summer farewell (Dalea adenopoda), also commonly known as Tampa prairie clover, is an aptly named fall blooming wildflower endemic to Central and South Florida.

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