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.
Historic Silver Springs image courtesy of the State Archives of Florida.
Black swallowtail caterpillars can't get enough of spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculatum), a member of the carrot family. But don't get any ideas for yourself -- this robust wetland wildflower contains cicutoxin, a poisonous compound that can fatally disrupt our central nervous systems if ingested.
Photo by Mary Keim.more...
Also known as bear’s foot, hairy leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia) is an uncommon herbaceous perennial with bright yellow blooms. It occurs naturally in upland hardwood forests, slope forests, upland mixed woodlands, and moist shaded hammocks. It typically blooms in summer and attracts a variety of bees and other pollinators.
Photo by R.W. Smith, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.more...
Pitted stripeseed (Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana) gets it common name from -- you guessed it -- the striped depressions on its seeds! This cheerful little flower is found in the open, sandy areas of pine flatwoods and sandhills throughout Florida.
Photo by Wayne Matchett.more...
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