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.
Violet butterwort is a rare insectivorous wildflower. That's right -- it eats insects! Hairs on its leaf surface secrete a sticky substance in which insects become trapped. Enzymes are then secreted to help the plant digest the insects. The ability to trap and digest insects allows violet butterwort (like most insectivorous plants) to survive in nutrient-deficient conditions.
Photo by Eleanor Dietrichmore...
Also known as rusty staggerbush, rusty lyonia (Lyonia ferruginea) is a long-lived evergreen flowering shrub. Its common descriptor, "rusty," and its species epithet, ferruginea, both refer to the many rust-colored hairs that cover the plant's leaves, stems and trunk. It occurs naturally in scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammocks and moist pine flatwoods.
Photo by Stacey Matrazzo.more...
No matter where in Florida you are, wildflowers are in bloom. In north Florida, wakerobins (Trillium spp.) are at their peak, signaling the return of their namesake bird. Wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), sweet Pinxter azalea (Rhododendron canescens), pineland daisy (Chaptalia tomentosa) and yellow butterwort (Pinguicula lutea), a state-threatened species, are among the blossoms decorating north Florida’s roadsides and natural areas.
Pictured: Sweet pinxter azalea by Eleanor Dietrich.more...
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