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.
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.
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.
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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