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Welcoming our New Chair Sara Burke
We are happy to announce the election of Sara Burke as our new board chair during the September board meeting. Burke succeeds Jeff Caster, who served as chair since 2021.
Meet board member Sara Burke
Sara Burke brings to the Florida Wildflower Foundation board of directors an extensive background in communications. She is passionate about protecting Florida’s environment by creating a revolution in our own backyards!
Creeping cucumber (Melothria pendula) is a delicate vine that creeps along the forest floor and will also climb into nearby shrubs and trees. Blooming in summer through fall, it produces tiny yellow flowers and miniature watermelon-looking fruits.
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is an interesting native plant with quite a history! Found throughout Florida, it grows in woodlands and disturbed sites. The plant has significant wildlife value for pollinators and birds alike.
The Spring-run spiderlily (Hymenocallis rotata) occurs in shallow edges of spring runs and rivers. Its large white flowers are a beacon for their primary pollinator, Sphinx moths
Fall is golden in Florida
Goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are a traditional harbinger of fall, lighting up the landscape with their bright yellow inflorescences. You’ll find them blooming in showy masses in a variety of habitats including coastal dunes, brackish marshes, wet flatwoods, scrub and sandhills.
Found in many slow-moving fresh water environments across Florida, Spatterdock (Nuphar advena) is a beautiful emergent aquatic wildflower with numerous benefits to wildlife.
If you’ve got a regularly irrigated lawn or a landscape that naturally holds moisture, chances are Carolina ponysfoot (Dichondra carolinensis) occurs there. Found in moist hammocks and floodplain forests, it is also a frequent inhabitant of disturbed sites.
While Corkystem passionflower (Passiflora suberosa) may not have the showiest flowers in its family, it is known for being one of the best at attracting butterflies!
Jeff Norcini, PhD honored with 2023 Coreopsis Award
Dr. Jeff Norcini received the 2023 T. Elizabeth Pate Coreopsis Award in August 2023 in recognition of his many years of work for Florida’s Wildflowers.
Coastal false asphodel
Coastal false asphodel (Triantha racemosa) is a delicate summer wildflower that inhabits open pine savannahs, bogs and seepage slopes.
WEBINAR — From Beaches to Bays — Native Plants for Florida’s Coastal Communities
Restoration ecologist and landscape designer Nichole Perna discusses the best native landscape plants and practices for coastal communities. She covers which native wildflowers will fare the best in Florida’s tough coastal environments
Seven new Trichostema species identified in Florida
Recent research published in the journal Phytotaxa established seven new species of Trichostema, five of which are endemic to Florida!
As one of our most ubiquitous native plants, it is easy to see why Sabal palm (Sabal palmetto) is Florida’s state tree. Also known as Cabbage palm, this evergreen fan palm occurs nearly throughout Florida.
Leave a lasting legacy
August is National Make-a-Will Month. While wildflowers and wills may seem to have little in common, they have more similarities than one might think. A planned gift is like a seed that grows into a beautiful flower after the first bloom is gone.
Largeleaf rosegentian (Sabatia macrophylla) is a strikingly white wildflower that occurs in wetland savannas, wet pinelands and even roadside ditches in Florida’s Panhandle and northeast corner.
In early to mid-summer, North Florida wetlands and roadside ditches are adorned with the big brilliant white flowers of Crimsoneyed rosemallow (Hibiscus moscheutos). This wildflower blooms profusely and has an abundance of wildlife value.
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is a majestic and iconic evergreen tree found in mesic hammocks and slope forests in North and Central Florida. It is renowned for its showy fragrant flowers, dramatic dark green leaves, and stately form.
WEBINAR — Native Plants in Urban Soils, Points to Ponder
In this webinar, Brooke Moffis from Lake County UF/IFAS shares lessons about irrigation needs, soil amendments and plant survivorship from a cutting-edge research project.
Foundation awards 9 Viva Florida grants
The Florida Wildflower Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Viva Florida Landscape Demonstration Garden grants. Nine grants were awarded for projects from Palm Beach County in South Florida to Santa Rosa County in the Panhandle.
Curtiss’ milkweed (Asclepias curtissii) is a long-lived and somewhat mysterious milkweed endemic to the Florida scrub.
Southern milkweed (Asclepias viridula) is a rare, state-threatened wildflower found in wet prairies, flatwoods and bogs.