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Meet board member Mark Russell

As a Florida Wildflower Foundation board member, Mark Russell brings his experience in horticulture installation and landscape design to his leadership role of the Foundation.

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Enchanted Forest Sanctuary butterfly garden

Jan. 23 Field trip to the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation for a tour of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville on Sunday, January 23rd at 10am. Naturalists Melanie Howarter and Karen Ferguson will lead us on a two mile hike through mesic hammock and oak-saw palmetto scrub.

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Michael Jenkins with Nolina flower

Webinar: Florida Plant Conservation Program, 30 years and growing!

Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation on Wednesday, January 26 at 2:00pm for our next webinar. Biologist Michael Jenkins will cover the work being conducted by the FPCP to conserve rare plants, current grant projects, and funding opportunities for conserving federally listed and “At-Risk” plants in Florida.

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Great golden digger wasp

The Great golden digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) is gentle and solitary, preferring flight over fight. These wasps can be seen nectaring from wildflowers in the summer months.

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Terry Zinn

Terry Zinn honored with 2021 Coreopsis Award

Terry Zinn received the 2021 T. Elizabeth Pate Coreopsis Award in recognition of his advocacy for Florida’s wildflowers. An environmental lawyer, biologist, wildlife ecologist and wildflower farmer, he has helped steer and build the Foundation’s programs and is a guiding force behind its success.

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Burr marigold flower

Burr marigold

Burr marigold (Bidens laevis) is an annual wildflower with bright yellow flowers that bloom in late fall through early winter. They attract many bees and butterflies.

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Walter's aster, Symphyotrichum walteri

Walter’s aster

Walter’s aster (Symphyotrichum walteri) in late fall and early winter, providing nectar and pollen to butterflies, bees and other pollinators at a time when floral resources are limited.

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Wiregrass gentian, Gentian pennelliana

Wiregrass gentian

Wiregrass gentian (Gentiana pennilliana) is a rare herbaceous wildflower endemic to only nine Panhandle counties where it occurs naturally in pine flatwoods, wet prairies and seepage slopes.

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Wine and Wildflowers!

The Florida Wildflower Foundation and Florida’s own Island Grove Wine Co. are teaming to host a unique virtual fundraiser supporting the Foundation’s Pollinator Pathway projects. The event will feature special guest Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. Join us at 7 p.m. EST, Monday, November 29, for this innovative event.

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Saltbush, Baccharis halimifolia

Saltbush

Also known as Groundsel tree and Sea myrtle, Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) is a long-lived perennial shrub that typically blooms in fall. It occurs naturally in coastal uplands and dunes, along pond margins, and in ditches and disturbed areas. It is an evergreen in the southern part of the state, but can be deciduous in northern Florida.

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Largeleaf grass-of-Parnassus blooms

Grass-of-Parnassus

Largeleaf grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia) is a rare and wonderful wildflower. Every part of it is distinctively striking. It blooms only in fall, and is a state-listed endangered species.

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Neta Villalobos-Bell

Member profile: Neta Villalobos-Bell

Neta Villalobos-Bell is passionate about native plants and the value they have for wildlife. She delights in tending to her native wildflowers, and is a huge advocate for creating habitat for Florida’s butterflies and bees.

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Ocala Christmas tree by Lisa Roberts

Field trip: 2021 Christmas tree cutting

Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation on Dec. 4 for our annual Christmas tree cutting event. Forest Service biologist Liz Ramirez will introduce us to the Ocala National Forest. Learn about how the forest service manages the scrub habitat and why they allow people to cut down trees there. Then we’ll caravan to the Christmas tree cutting site, where everyone with a permit will have the opportunity to pick out and cut down their very own fresh-from-Florida sand pine.

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Mistflower blooms

Mistflower

Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) gives the appearance of a blue fog when blooming en masse. Its flowers are very attractive to pollinators, especially butterflies, moths and long-tongued bees.

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Florida bonamia

Florida bonamia (Bonamia grandiflora) is a rare, flowering vine endemic to Central Florida. It is a federally threatened and state-listed endangered species. Its showy blooms appear spring through fall.

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Lopsided indiangrass bloom

Lopsided Indiangrass

Lopsided indiangrass (Sorghastrum secundum) is a robust and unique perennial bunchgrass. Throughout most of the year, it is rather indistinct. But in late summer, it produces tall, dramatic flower spikes. It occurs naturally in pinelands, sandhills and flatwoods. It is the larval host plant for the Delaware skipper, dusted skipper and swarthy skipper.

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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.

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Julia

Also known as Julia heliconian and Flambeau (the flame), the Julia butterfly (Dryas iulia) is recognizable by its orange color and elongated wings.

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Honeycombhead flower

Honeycombhead

Coastalplain honeycombhead (Balduina angustifolia) produces showy, golden blooms that typically appear late spring or summer into fall. They attract a variety of butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

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Liatris bloom in pine flatwoods

Webinar: Life, Death & Wildflowers at Heartwood Preserve

Heartwood Preserve is an environmental sanctuary where end-of-life decisions are made in harmony with nature. Learn about conservation burial, the history of the land and the importance of fire ecology.

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Herb-of-grace

Herb-of-grace (Bacopa monnieri) is a creeping, mat-forming perennial that occurs naturally in coastal hammocks and swales, salt marshes, freshwater marshes and swamps, and along river, stream and ditch edges.

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Teachers statewide receive wildflowers for campus gardens

The Florida Wildflower Foundation is in its sixth year of the Seedlings for Schools program, giving out wildflower plants and adaptive curriculum to schools around the state.

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Monarch on Butterflymilkweed flowers

Fall wildflowers and grasses feed hungry caterpillars

Keep your eyes open along roadsides for Milkweeds and other fall-blooming larval host plants that are on display right now. Milkweeds are, of course, the host plant for the Monarch butterfly, but there are many more native wildflowers and grasses critical to the survival of our other butterfly species.

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Member profile: Phyllis Stopford

A Florida Wildflower Foundation member for more than a decade, Phyllis Stopford is devoted to learning about native plants. The more she learns about the beneficial quality of native plants, the more her perspective grows. “I now see landscapes through a different lens and have redefined my idea of beauty. ”

 

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