Date Posted: Aug 26, 2016
What's in a name? Well, if it's sandbog deathcamas, everything is in the name! Sandbog deathcamas (Zigadenus glaberrimus) is a poisonous wildflower native to wet flatwoods and prairies in the Panhandle. Its many star-shaped flowers are cream-colored with greenish-gold glands at the base of their petals. It blooms summer through fall (it’s blooming now!) and attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Learn more about this fatal flower on our blog.
Photo by Stacey Matrazzo
Date Posted: Aug 19, 2016
Pineland heliotrope (Euploca polyphylla) is a perennial wildflower endemic to Florida. It occurs naturally in pine rocklands, wet prairies, coastal thickets and ruderal areas. It typically blooms throughout the year, but in North Florida, it may bloom only in fall. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially small butterflies.
The common name "heliotrope" comes from the Greek helios, or "sun," and trepein, or "to turn." It refers to the belief that the plants turn their flowers toward the sun.
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Date Posted: Aug 10, 2016
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) puts on quite a summer show! Its fragrant flowers attract all sorts of pollinators, including monarch, queen and soldier butterflies (for which it is a larval host), as well as native such as sweat bees, leafcutter bees and yellow-faced bees.
This is a great plant for moist to moderately dry, sunny landscapes. Learn more about this striking native milkweed on our blog.
Photo of hummingbird clearwing moth on swamp milkweed by Mary Keim.
Date Posted: Aug 05, 2016
Also known as pineland hibiscus, comfortroot (Hibiscus aculeatus) is a large perennial wildflower with showy cream-colored blooms. Comfortroot occurs naturally in wet to mesic pinelands, and along the edges of savannas, bogs and roadside ditches. It typically blooms late spring through fall and attracts pollinators, specifically bees.
The common name comfortroot may allude to the belief that the plant’s mucilaginous roots has soothing properties.
Read more about comfortroot on our blog.
Photo by Eleanor Dietrich
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