Wildflowers do much more than give La Florida, the “land of flowers,” its unique sense of place.
Because they’ve adapted to Florida’s conditions and pests, they typically require less water, fertilizer and pesticides than other flowers. They also support myriad native wildlife, from bees to hummingbirds.
Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus) is striking with its many small purple flowers that are borne in terminal, flat-topped inflorescences. Its common name refers to the vanilla-like scent that the wilting leaves emit when crushed. The species epithet, odoratissimus, is from the Latin for “most fragrant” and also alludes to the leaves’ scent.
Photo by Eleanor Dietrichmore...
Summer farewell (Dalea pinnata) is a perennial herbaceous wildflower native to sandhills, dry flatwoods and scrub habitat. As the common name implies, summer farewell blooms in late summer and early fall. Its many white flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Its seeds provide food for birds and small wildlife.
Photo by Mary Keim.more...
There were more than 90 stunning entries and 1,100 public votes cast. Winners were announced at the Florida Wildflower Symposium in Ocala.
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