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.
Blue-eyed grass is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial wildflower with dainty, star-shaped flowers. They vary in color from blue to purple to lavender, and have bright yellow centers that are framed in dark purple.
Don't let the name fool you -- it's not a grass at all. The grasslike appearance of both stems and leaves give this plant its common name, but it's actually a member of the iris family.
Photo by Mary Keim.more...
False indigo a densely branched, woody shrub that puts on a striking spring and summer floral display. With green, feather-like leaves, and long spikes of dark purple flowers with bright orange anthers, it is genuinely gorgeous.
Photo by Craig Huegel.more...
White wild indigo is a long-lived perennial herbaceous wildflower that produces many showy white blooms on erect stalks.
Wildlife love white wild indigo. It is the larval host plant for the wild indigo duskywing and Zarucco duskywing butterflies. The fruits are eaten by a variety of birds and the foliage is browsed by rabbits and deer.
Photo by Lisa Roberts.more...
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