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Meet board member Kody Smith

Kody joined the Florida Wildflower Foundation board in September 2021. He is the CEO and senior principal landscape architect at Dix.Hite + Partners.

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Florida’s spring-flowering tickseeds

In the spring, many Florida roadsides and natural areas are painted yellow with showy Coreopsis, commonly known as tickseed. Florida’s state wildflower, five of our 12 native species bloom in spring.

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Spring “weeds” are for the bees!

While much of the country awaits No Mow May to leave the early spring wildflowers in urban areas for hungry pollinators, Florida more appropriately observes No Mow March! So before you get to work mowing or weeding, let’s look at some of the most common lawn “weeds” and learn a little more about them!

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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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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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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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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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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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How to Start a Backyard Revolution

The Backyard Revolution is a call to action and radical change. It challenges us to rethink our home and community landscapes as places for both people and nature to thrive together.

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Celebrating the Foundation’s Immediate Past Chair, Jeff Caster

As we celebrate the recent election of Sara Burke to chair of the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s board, we want to also thank our immediate past chair Jeff Caster for his leadership.

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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.

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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.

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Jeff Norcini photographs a Blazing star flower

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.

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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!

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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.

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Atalas thrive in Viva Florida garden

Atala butterflies were recently spotted in a Melbourne Beach garden funded by a Viva Florida grant. Once believed to be extinct, the presence of the Atala here is a prime example of the impact of grassroots conservation efforts.

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Conserve Nassau prepares their demonstration garden site with solarization

Foundation awards 9 Viva Florida grants

The Florida Wildflower Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 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.

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Scarlet hibiscus bloom

Meet the Mallows

Members of the mallow family shine throughout Florida during the summer months. Meet a few of our favorite stars in the summer bloom report.

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Pine View School in Osprey, FL

2023 Seedlings for Schools Grant Winners

Forty-three Florida schools received native wildflowers in our 2023 Seedlings for Schools grant program. The plants are used to establish campus wildflower gardens that are incorporated into Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum.

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Creeping woodsorrel's small yellow flowers and clover-shaped leaves

Spring “weeds” benefit pollinators

Many of our spring blooming wildflowers put on a showy display. Others, not so much. However, all of them benefit pollinators, either as larval host plants or by supplying nectar.

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Gainesville receives Bee City USA designation

With assistance from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, the City of Gainesville has achieved an official Bee City USA® designation. Gainesville joins cities and campuses across the country united to improve landscapes for pollinators.

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Bee fly (Bombyliidae) by Bob Peterson

Bee fly

The Bombyliidae family is large and diverse. Members nectar at flowers in the composite family. Bee flies are true flies that imitate bees to scare predators away.

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