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Now blooming: Indianpipe

Date Posted: Dec 02, 2016

Also known as ghost plant, indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora) is an odd and interesting wildflower as it contains no chlorophyll. It begins its life as a white, translucent plant, turning pinkish and developing blackish-purple flecks as it matures (pictured right).

It is often mistaken for a fungus because of its growth habit and lack of color, but it is actually a myco-heterotrophic species, which means it gets its food by parasitizing underground fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees.

Even more interesting is that indianpipe is in the Ericaceae family -- the same family as blueberries and azaleas!

Learn more about this otherworldly herb on our blog.

Photo by David Nolan.

Annual year-end fundraising drive kicks off with dollar-for-dollar match

Date Posted: Nov 23, 2016

You can double, triple and even quadruple your donation to the Florida Wildflower Foundation this holiday season by taking advantage of two challenge pledges and a Giving Tuesday Facebook offer.

Thanks to a $9,000 challenge pledge to match donations dollar-for-dollar through year's end, you can double down on your support of Florida's wildflowers and wild places by making a contribution to the Foundation by Dec. 31.

Executive Director Lisa Roberts is kicking off the giving drive on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, with a pledge to match all donations made, up to $500. That means those giving on Giving Tuesday will triple their impact by taking advantage of the two matching offers. And those who give early on #GivingTuesday on Facebook via the Foundation's donation button can quadruple their impact by taking advantage of Facebook's pledge of matching up to $100,000 that day in nonprofit donations.

Now blooming: Fragrant ladies'-tresses

Date Posted: Nov 25, 2016

Fragrant ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes odorata) is a semi-aquatic to aquatic perennial orchid. The genus Spiranthes comes from the Greek speira or “coil” and anthos or “flower.” It refers to the spiral arrangement of the inflorescence. The species epithet odorata comes from the Latin for “fragrant” or “perfumed” and refers to its delightful vanilla-like scent.

Fragrant ladies'-tresses can be found blooming now in swamps, wet pinelands and seepage slopes. Learn more about this lovely little orchid on our blog.

Photo by Mary Keim

Now blooming: Rice button aster

Date Posted: Nov 18, 2016

Also known as bushy aster, rice button aster is a perennial herbaceous wildflower. And like other Symphyotrichum species, it is a profuse bloomer. Its flowers are small but they attract a plethora of pollinators including butterflies and native bees. It is the larval host plant for the pearl crescent butterfly.

Rice button aster occurs naturally in sandhills, pine flatwoods and hammocks. It blooms primarily in September through December, although it has been known to bloom throughout the year. 

Learn more about this attractive member of the Aster family on our blog.

Photo by Mary Keim

 

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Dec 02, 2016Now blooming: Indianpipe

Nov 23, 2016Annual year-end fundraising drive kicks off with dollar-for-dollar match

Nov 25, 2016Now blooming: Fragrant ladies'-tresses

Nov 18, 2016Now blooming: Rice button aster

Nov 11, 2016Now blooming: Hairyawn muhly

Mar 03, 2016Wildflower activities for classrooms available for download

Nov 04, 2016Now blooming: Seminole false foxglove

Oct 28, 2016Now blooming: Bushy seaside oxeye

Oct 21, 2016Now blooming: Vanillaleaf

Oct 14, 2016Now blooming: Summer farewell

Oct 10, 2016Photo contest winners announced

Oct 07, 2016Now blooming: Dogtongue wild buckwheat

Sep 16, 2016Now blooming: Grassleaf Barbara's buttons

Sep 09, 2016Now blooming: Skyflower

Sep 02, 2016Now blooming: Catesby's lily

Aug 26, 2016Now blooming: Sandbog deathcamas

Aug 19, 2016Now blooming: Pineland heliotrope

Aug 10, 2016Now blooming: Swamp milkweed

Aug 05, 2016Now blooming: Comfortroot

Jul 29, 2016Now blooming: Lanceleaf blanketflower

Jul 22, 2016Now blooming: Spotted water hemlock

Jul 15, 2016Now blooming: Hairy leafcup

Jul 08, 2016Now blooming: Pitted stripeseed

Jul 01, 2016Now blooming: Baldwin's eryngo

Jun 24, 2016Now blooming: Whorled milkweed

Jun 17, 2016Now blooming: Yellow colicroot

Jun 09, 2016Now blooming: Pale meadowbeauty

May 27, 2016Now blooming: Swamp azalea

May 20, 2016Now blooming: Southern beeblossom

May 11, 2016Now blooming: Pricklypear cactus

May 06, 2016Now blooming: Mock bishopsweed

May 03, 2016Double your impact for natural Florida during National Wildflower Week

Apr 29, 2016Now blooming: Blue eyed grass

Apr 21, 2016Now blooming: False indigo

Apr 14, 2016Now blooming: White wild indigo

Apr 07, 2016Now blooming: Fringetree

Apr 04, 2016Wildflower Farm Field Day and Photography Workshop

Mar 31, 2016Now blooming: Mountain laurel

Mar 24, 2016Now blooming: Lanceleaf tickseed

Mar 16, 2016It was a great year for wildflowers!

Mar 16, 2016Now blooming: Eastern redbud

Mar 10, 2016Now blooming: Black titi

Mar 04, 2016Now blooming: Wild blue phlox

Mar 12, 2016New Coreopsis species

Feb 29, 2016Spring Wildflower Tour of SR 65

Feb 26, 2016Now blooming: Rue anemone

Feb 18, 2016Now blooming: Yellow butterwort

Feb 12, 2016Now blooming: Four petal St. John's wort

Feb 10, 2016Panhandle Wildflower Alliance to meet

Feb 05, 2016Now blooming: Sandhill wireweed

Jan 29, 2016Now blooming: Tread softly

Jan 22, 2016Now blooming: False rosemary

Jan 15, 2016Now blooming: Coastalplain goldenaster

Dec 11, 2015Tour Orlando Wetlands Park With FWF

Dec 11, 2015Moran photo exhibit finds permanent home

Jun 24, 201528 Seeds for Schools grants announced

Mar 26, 2015Pinellas 'Viva Florida' wildflower landscape demonstrates use of native plants

Mar 17, 2015Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to host FWF scientific literature database

Feb 03, 2015Download our winter newsletter

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