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Webinar: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Habitat in Your Home Landscape
Our next webinar will be on Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm. Executive Director Stacey Matrazzo will share her journey of transforming her home landscape into a native garden and will highlight some of Florida’s tried-and-true, easy-to-grow native plants. Learn how easy it is to beautify your landscape with natives and transform it into a living ecosystem with “real Florida” style.
Field trip: Lyonia Preserve
Join us Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9:00 am for a tour of Lyonia Preserve led by resident expert Stephen Kintner. Named after the plant Rusty lyonia, the preserve consists of 360 acres of restored Florida scrub habitat. Come see the Garberia in full bloom!
Holywood lignumvitae is a beautiful and fascinating tropical plant whose range is limited in the U.S. to the southern tip of Florida. It is a larval host for the Lyside sulphur butterfly and provides a nectar source for bees and other butterfly species. The seeds also attract and provide food for birds.
Brightman Logan honored with 2022 Coreopsis Award
Brightman Logan received the 2022 T. Elizabeth Pate Coreopsis Award in September 2022 in recognition of his many years of work for Florida’s Wildflowers.
Field trip: Ralph E Simmons State Forest
Join us on Saturday, October 15 at 9am for a guided hike in Ralph E. Simmons State Forest. Foundation staff member Emily Bell will lead a four mile hike through sandhill and wetland habitat. We expect to see blooming Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus), Florida paintbrush (Carphephorus corymbosus), Hooded and Parrot pitcherplants (Sarracenia minor, S. psittacina), Pine lilies (Lilium catesbaei) and beautiful waves of Lopsided Indiangrass (Sorghastrum secundum).
In late summer and early fall, shallow freshwater wetlands across Florida burst to life with tall stands of Water cowbane. It is a larval host for the Eastern black swallowtail butterfly and the flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators.
Native grasses shine in the fall
Florida has many native grasses — and most of our showiest grasses bloom in the fall. The best places to see them are rural areas and roadsides, and in natural lan
White fringed orchid
White fringed orchid is a striking wildflower found in bogs and wet meadows across North and Central Florida. The summer blooms attract many pollinators from bees to butterflies and moths.
Oneflower honeycombhead is endemic to the SE US coastal plain region and found in wet pine savannahs and flatwoods. Its beautiful yellow flowers attract butterflies and bees and the seedheads provide food for birds
The Little metalmark is one of the tiniest butterflies, having a wingspan of only 1.2 – 2.5 cm. The silver markings on its wings give members of the Riodinidae family the common name “metalmark.” Host plants of the Little metalmark caterpillar are in the Asteraceae family, and include Purple thistle (Cirsium horridulum), Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus) and Climbing hempvine (Mikania scandens).
Of Florida’s 10 native meadowbeauties (Rhexia genus), the Savannah meadowbeauty (Rhexia alifanus) stands among the tallest at around 4 feet. Its bright pink blooms can be seen rising up like flags from the shorter vegetation of the pine flatwoods, wet savannahs and roadside ditches. It is pollinated by bees through a unique strategy called buzz pollination!
Climbing hempvine is a lovely herbaceous vine that can be found rambling among low-growing vegetation along the edges of wet forests, prairies and marshes. It packs some powerful wildlife value as a larval host for the Little metalmark butterfly, nectar source for a diversity of pollinators, and nutritious forage for herbivorous mammals.
Fall Garden Tour and Workshop at Blountstown Pollinator Demonstration Garden
Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation for a tour of the Blountstown pollinator demonstration garden on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9am-12pm or Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1pm-4pm. This casual workshop is designed to provide inspiration and demonstrate basic protocols for installation and maintenance of similar efforts.
Webinar: Florida’s Carnivorous Plants
Florida is home to more native carnivorous plants than any other U.S. state. Kenny Coogan, author of “Florida’s Carnivorous Plants: Understanding, Identifying, and Cultivating the State’s Native Species” teaches us about these natives with their unusual adaptations.
Leafless swallowwort is a strange little flowering vine that occurs along the edges of upland to coastal hammocks and floodplain to pineland forests. It is the sole larval host for the Giant milkweed bug (Sephina gundlachi).
Research seeks to identify groundcovers with greater ecological value for roadsides and utilities
The Florida Wildflower Foundation is conducting a 3-4 year study at PEAR Park in Lake County to gain insight into the establishment, sustainability and performance of Narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis tracyii) and Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) as groundcover alternatives to Bahiagrass.
Crested fringed orchid
Crested fringed orchid (Platanthera cristata) is a state-threatened terrestrial orchid found in wet prairies, seepage bogs, ditches and wet pine flatwoods. Its bright yellow to light orange flowers bloom in summer, peaking in August
Internship to honor wildflower champions
Florida Wildflower Foundation and Florida Native Plant Society honor Anne MacKay, Carolyn Schaag and Nancy Bissett for their lifetime dedication to our native flowers. To celebrate their legacy, a conservation internship is being established for young professionals and college students to continue to learn about and advocate for Florida’s natural future.
Nightflowering wild petunia
As the name suggests, Nightflowering wild petunia (Ruellia noctiflora) is a night-blooming wildflower whose flowers open around dusk then shrivel and drop by mid-morning the next day. The bloom’s nectaries are located at the base of a 3″ long flower tube requiring a special pollinator whose tongue is long enough to reach in and take a sip! The pollinators that fit this bill are sphinx moths (family Sphingidae). These nocturnal moths are attracted by the petunia’s large white flowers.
There is nothing more iconic to the Florida summer coastal scene than Sea oats (Uniola paniculata) swaying to the sea breeze in the dunes. The flowers of this tall and sprawling grass provide pollen to a variety of insects, and the seeds are eaten by beach mice, rabbits and birds.
Webinar: Moths – Amazing Insects
Often an afterthought, with more than 150,000 known species worldwide, moths are essential to the natural world. Akito Kawahara, University of Florida professor and Florida Museum of Natural History curator, speaks about local moths of Florida, and more!
Lakeside sunflower (Helianthus carnosus) is a perennial wildflower endemic to northeast Florida that inhabits open sunny edges of lakes and marshes. The beautiful bright yellow flowers attract a variety of bees, butterflies and beetles, and the seeds are eaten by birds.
Pineland leatherroot (Orbexilum virgatum) is an exceptionally rare and beautiful perennial wildflower that inhabits dry to moist areas of pine savannahs. Its bright purple flowers bloom from late spring into midsummer.
Field trip: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Join Marie Selby Botanical Gardens guides on Sunday, August 14th at 9:30am in an exclusive members-only field trip to explore different native landscapes and habitats nestled within a tropical oasis. We will tour three areas of native flora, two of them renovated through a Florida Wildflower Foundation grant.