Research

Wildflowers are disappearing throughout the world. It’s urgent that we discover what they need to thrive. To do this, the Foundation conducts horticultural research and assists students studying wildflowers.

Weeds or Wildflowers?

Florida soil holds a “seed bank” of aggressive weedy species. When these seeds germinate, they can overcome wildflower seedlings. In partnership with Lake County and Florida Power & Light, the Florida Wildflower Foundation is gathering valuable information on how to control these undesirable species.

dotted horsemint on roadside

Habitat highways

Connected habitat helps insect pollinators move between natural areas and crops. We survey roadsides and trails to find wildflowers, then work to keep them there.

Student Support

Our University of Florida endowment is developing tomorrow’s scientists.
Gabriel Campbell-Martinez

Student spotlight: Gabriel Campbell-Martinez

Gabriel Campbell-Martinez is a graduate research assistant at the UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center in Milton, Florida, and the 2019 recipient of a graduate assistantship from the Gary Henry Endowment for the Study of Florida Native Wildflowers. The Florida Wildflower Foundation established the endowment to provide scholarships for graduate students studying wildflowers within the University of Florida’s Plant Restoration and Conservation Horticulture Consortium of the Department of Environmental Horticulture.
Luis Andres Ochoa

Student spotlight: Luis Andres Ochoa

The Florida Wildflower Foundation provides scholarships for master’s students studying wildflowers within the University of Florida’s Plant Restoration and Conservation Horticulture Consortium of the Department of Environmental Horticulture in Gainesville. Scholarship students are advised by Dr. Hector Perez, associate professor. Luis Andres Ochoa studies Sand flax (Linum arenicola), a perennial with a small yellow flower and grasslike leaves endemic to South Florida and listed as an endangered species.
Tia Tyler

Student spotlight: Tia Tyler

The Florida Wildflower Foundation provides scholarships for masters students studying wildflowers within the University of Florida’s Plant Restoration and Conservation Horticulture Consortium of the Department of Environmental Horticulture in Gainesville. Tia Tyler, the second of two students supported by FWF, is advised by Dr. Hector Perez, Associate Professor at the Plant Restoration and Conservation Horticulture Consortium at the Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida.

Search Literature

We’ve compiled an index of scientific literature on 290 common Southeastern wildflower species to help researchers, natural land managers and nursery growers find information that can boost the success of roadside plantings, habitat restorations and commercial horticulture.

These resources have been integrated into the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center database, where they are available to scientists worldwide.

Pinewoods milkweed, Asclepias humistrata
Pinewoods milkweed (Asclepias humistrata)
Photo by Eleanor Dietrich