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Summersweet

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia) is an excellent plant for wildlife. Its showy, sweet-scented flowers bloom spring through summer, attracting hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Birds and small mammals consume the fruits.

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Blue toadflax

Blue toadflax (Linaria canadensis) is an annual wildflower that forms a delicate sea of lavender when in bloom. It is common along roadsides, and in pastures and other disturbed areas.

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Venus’ looking glass

Clasping Venus’ looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata) is an annual herbaceous wildflower that typically flowers late winter through spring. It is pollinated by bees, flies and small butterflies and moths.

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Blueflower butterwort

Blueflower butterwort (Pinguicula caerulea) is an insectivorous wildflower that typically blooms between January and May. It occurs naturally in bogs and low pinelands throughout much of the Florida peninsula.

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Lyreleaf sage

Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) is an attractive perennial with leafless spikes of tubular, lavender to bluish flowers. Bees are its predominant pollinator, but it also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

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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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Paintedleaf

With so much attention given to the Christmas poinsettia, we thought it would be nice to pay homage to our native poinsettia, Paintedleaf (Euphorbia cyathorphora).

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Bog white violet

Bog white violet (Viola lanceolata) is a diminutive perennial wildflower that occurs naturally in bogs and along the edges of ponds, marshes and other wetlands.

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Indianpipe

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora) is an odd wildflower as it contains no chlorophyll. It begins its life as a white, translucent plant, turning pinkish and developing blackish-purple flecks as it matures.

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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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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

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

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

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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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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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

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

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

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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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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