What you'll find

in the Library

Our Library features listings and links to books, articles, manuals, curricula and online resources about wildflowers, their ecosystems and the plants and animals that depend on them. New references are added periodically, so check back often to peruse the virtual shelves.

What's in the Collection

The Foundation’s library serves as a clearinghouse for all kinds of wildflower information. Here’s a partial list of what you’ll find.

  • Learning resources – Children who get to know wildflowers can connect with the natural world ... and have fun doing it! We've rounded up resources that educators - from teachers to parents - can use to enrich a child's education.
  • Fun for kids of all ages – We point you to the best wildflower-themed puzzles and projects on the Web.
  • Gardening and cultivation – Whether you're starting a wildflower meadow or adding a few species to your landscape, we'll help boost your success with advice from pioneers who've developed tried and true methods.
  • Roadside and public plantings – Want to see more wildflowers in your city and on highways? Here's where you'll find the secrets to success.
  • Field trips and field guides – These resources will help you plan a wildflower trip then identify what you see.
  • Conservation – We'll fill you in on what's being done to promote and preserve wildflowers on public lands.
  • Landscape design – Whether you're a landscape architect, professional landscaper, homeowner, or helping to design a civic planting, you'll find resources that will help you include Florida's native flowers in your plans.

How to use the Library

With a topic in mind, select a category and type key words pertaining to that topic in the search box. For broader results, use the search box alone. If you have other wildflower resources to suggest for inclusion, please email info@flawildflowers.org.

 

Literature Compilation: Problematic Plant Species for Wildflower Establishment
April 2016 – Hector Perez

Seed sowing is often the most economical means of establishing wildflower plantings in landscape and natural settings. However, competition from noxious weeds or aggressive native species that co-exist on a site can present major limitations to wildflower seedling establishment in restoration and landscaping settings. Wildflower planting failure is sometimes expressed as decreased aesthetic value in commercial landscapes or limited establishment of desired species in restoration projects. Such failures can be linked to a lack of information regarding weed seed biology and requirements for weed management. Furthermore, wildflower planting failure can cast doubt on continued use of native wildflowers. Therefore, a critical need exists to disseminate information related to the germination, establishment and control measures for species affecting wildflower plantings. The bibliographic citations in this document relate to the ecology, germination, establishment, and control measures of selected weed species that interfere with Florida native wildflower establishment. A steering-committee, composed of Florida native wildflower stakeholders and the PI, Hector Perez, University of Florida1, developed a list of thirteen primary and nine secondary weed species of interest. We focused our attention on the primary species and collected citations for secondary species as time permitted.

Publication type: Report
Suggested citation: Hector Perez
URL: click here for link to resource

Keywords: weed control, wildflower planting, literature

 

 

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Research says...

Looking for more results of Florida wildflower research projects? A grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation has engaged one of America's top botanists in review of the literature for more than 250 Florida native species. The results of this literature survey will include the most relevant citations for increasing and protecting wildflowers. We'll let you know when the results are in.

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