Date Posted: Jan 05, 2017
Doug Tallamy, renowned author of Bringing Nature Home, will deliver the keynote address, "Why Roadsides Matter," at the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19,
in Panama City.
The Panhandle Wildflower Allinace is a loose communications network formed by the Florida Wildflower Foundation and wildflower advocates throughout the region. The meeting is free and open to the public. Experts from the Florida Wildflower Foundation, Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Museum of Natural History, along with local wildflower advocates, will share news and tips about preserving Florida's roadside wildflowers and how to put proven methods to work in your own county.
The meeting will address current county resolutions to protect roadside wildflowers and review the establishment of wildflower areas throughout the Panhandle. Services and resources available from state and national organizations and local wildflower partners will be reviewed, along with research findings on pollinators and roadside wildflowers.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Panama City Gulf Coast State College, Advanced Technology Center, 5230 W. U.S. Highway 98, Panama City.
Pre-registration is requested. Click to register.
Date Posted: Dec 30, 2016
Fanpetals (Sida spp.) bloom year-round in dry uplands and ruderal and disturbed areas. This member of the Hibiscus family attracts bees and butterfies, including the tropical checkered skipper, for which it is a larval host. Fanpetals do well in naturalistic landscapes as they can become weedy if not maintained.
Learn more about this oft overlooked native wildflower on our blog.
Photo of common fanpetals (Sida ulmifolia) by Grace Howell.
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.
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.
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