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Double your impact for natural Florida during National Wildflower Week

Date Posted: May 03, 2016

During National Wildflower Week, May 2-8, a Florida Wildflower Foundation supporter is matching every donation made to the Foundation. That means a $25 gift will be doubled to $50, $50 becomes $100, and so on!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to keep wildflowers flourishing throughout the state. For the past several years, FWF has worked closely with the Florida Department of Transportation and individual counties to protect naturally occurring roadside wildflowers. Dozens of new wildflower areas have been established across the state, and new pilot projects based on alternative mowing regimes are taking root. With your help, we can do much more!

Please click here to make a generous contribution today.

Now blooming: Blue eyed grass

Date Posted: Apr 29, 2016

Blue-eyed grass is an evergreen, clump-forming perennial wildflower with dainty, star-shaped flowers. They vary in color from blue to purple to lavender, and have bright yellow centers that are framed in dark purple. But don't let the name fool you -- it's not a grass at all. The grasslike appearance of both stems and leaves give this plant its common name, but it's actually a member of the iris family.

Blue-eyed grass blooms in the spring in wet hammocks and along riverbanks and moist roadsides throughout Florida. 

Read more about this little beauty on our blog

Photo by Mary Keim.

Now blooming: False indigo

Date Posted: Apr 21, 2016

False indigo a densely branched, woody shrub that puts on a striking spring and summer floral display. With green, feather-like leaves, and long spikes of dark purple flowers with bright orange anthers, it is genuinely gorgeous.

False indigo occurs naturally in alluvial forests, wet and coastal hammocks, cypress pond edges, and along stream and river banks. It attracts many pollinators and is the larval host plant for the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus), Southern dogface (Zerene cesonia), gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) butterflies.

Read more about false indigo on our blog

Photo by Craig Huegel.

Now blooming: White wild indigo

Date Posted: Apr 14, 2016

White wild indigo (Baptisia alba) is a long-lived perennial herbaceous wildflower that produces many showy white blooms on erect stalks. It occurs naturally in pine flatwoods and along river banks and deciduous forest edges.

Wildlife love white wild indigo. It is the larval host plant for the wild indigo duskywing and Zarucco duskywing butterflies. The fruits are eaten by a variety of birds and the foliage is browsed by rabbits and deer.

Many species of Baptisia were historically used to produce a blue dye, hence the common name of the genus, indigo.

Read more about this conspicuously stunning wildflower on our blog.

Photo by Lisa Roberts.

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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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