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Wet, warm winter brings early spring flowers

Date Posted: Mar 20, 2014

Above-normal temperatures predicted for spring, combined with adequate winter rains throughout much of the state, should result in showy displays of early spring beauties such skyblue lupine (Lupinus diffusus), lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata), violets (Viola spp.), spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), toadflax (Linaria spp.), and annual phlox (Phlox drummondii). While annual phlox is not native to Florida, it is a familiar roadside wildflower throughout the Big Bend and Central Florida as far south as Tampa.

While this spring should be warmer than normal, it should be relatively dry, so moist sites in rural areas will be best for good wildflower displays in April and May. Look for Leavenworth’s tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii), Southeastern sneezeweed (Helenium pinnatifidum), and the blue prairie Iris (Iris hexagona). Another common native species of moist areas in Central and South Florida is black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), although in the Panhandle, that species tends to occur in drier habitats. A good place to view showy stands of Leavenworth’s tickseed, black-eyed Susan and other wildflowers that prefer moist sites is the Florida Turnpike south of Orlando, from about mile marker 220 south to Yeehaw Junction.
 
Read more on The Bloom Report.

FWF releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Date Posted: Feb 27, 2014

Thanks to your support, thousands of children are experiencing Florida’s native wildflowers, growing them at school and learning about their connection to the food on our tables.

You’ve also helped fund an effort to ferret out and make available scientific data on wildflowers to researchers, growers, restoration ecologists, citizen scientists and more. And through a traveling photography exhibit, your support is bringing a new awareness of the beauty and vitality of native habitat to Floridians.

Read more about what you helped us accomplish - download the Foundation's 2012-13 Annual Report.

FDOT adopts new wildflower program

Date Posted: Feb 06, 2014

Left to right - FDOT landscape architect Jeff Caster, FDOT wildflower horticulturalist Jeff Norcini, FDOT Sec. Ananth Prasad; Florida Wildflower Foundation liaison Eleanor Dietrich.

TALLAHASSEE - Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad recently signed the department's new Wildflower Management Program Procedure, which will allow more of the state's native wildflowers to flourish along roadsides through reduced mowing and other management practices.

FDOT state transportation landscape architect Jeff Caster said, “Roadsides are the state’s most visited and visible landscape. The department is committed to increasing the visibility and enjoyment of native wildflowers.”
 
"We salute the department in enacting this forward-thinking program," said Vince Lamb, Florida Wildflower Foundation board chairman. "In Florida, wildflower tourism is building as its own brand of ecotourism, as is exemplified in the eastern Panhandle. There's no doubt that FDOT's new statewide procedure will help preserve native wildflowers, the most beautiful roadside assets of all."
 
Not only are they beautiful, wildflowers provide habitat for the pollinators vital to Florida's agricultural success. Together, they are essential to the production of every third bite of food we eat.
 
On Jan. 28, the Florida Wildflower Foundation and the Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society hosted a meeting of more than 100 Panhandle Wildflower Alliance members in Tallahassee to introduce the new program. Established in 2012, the Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance is an informal network of regional wildflower enthusiasts that advocates for conservation of wildflowers in the state’s Eastern Panhandle.  
To view the Wildflower Management Program Procedure, visit http://flawildflowers.org/resources/pdfs/2014/FDOTWFProcedures650030001.pdf
 
Learn more about the Panhandle Wildflower Alliance at www.flawildflowers.org/fpwa.php. Learn more about Florida's wildflowers at www.flawildflowers.org.

 

Download our Winter 2014 newsletter

Date Posted: Jan 06, 2014

The Florida Wildflower Foundation's Winter newsletter is now available. In it you'll find news about:

  • The Foundation's new "Wildflowers - Naturally!" recognition program, to be rolled out in February
  • The Panhandle Wildflower Alliance efforts to preserve and conserve regional wildflowers
  • Wild petunia (Ruellia caroliniensis), a great native to try in your garden
  • Extraordinary FWF member Gary Henry
  • The Gary Henry Research Endowment's first supported graduate student, Nicholas Genna
  • Dixie Tate, our new Annual Fund Manager

Download your copy now.

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Mar 20, 2014Wet, warm winter brings early spring flowers

Feb 27, 2014FWF releases 2012-13 Annual Report

Feb 06, 2014FDOT adopts new wildflower program

Jan 06, 2014Download our Winter 2014 newsletter

Dec 31, 2013FWF board signs Clean Water Declaration

Dec 23, 2013Jan. 28 meeting in Tallahassee to review FDOT Wildflower and Natural Areas Program

Oct 30, 2013Download our Fall newsletter

Aug 08, 2013FWF awards 25 planting grants

Jul 30, 2013Dietrich to serve as FWF liaison between FDOT, Panhandle Wildflower Alliance

Jul 09, 2013Our summer newsletter is here!

Jun 25, 2013Despite veto, it's business as usual

Jun 13, 2013Join us at the 2013 Florida Wildflower Symposium

Mar 19, 2013Download our spring newsletter

Jan 31, 2013View our 2011-12 Annual Report

Jan 02, 2013Download our winter newsletter

Dec 20, 2012Moran exhibit to launch in Mount Dora

Nov 06, 2012FDOT, Panhandle Wildflower Alliance work together for Florida wildflowers

Oct 18, 2012Download our fall newsletter

Oct 05, 2012Join the Florida Wildflower Foundation in commemorating 500 years of La Florida

Aug 02, 2012Panhandle Alliance holds first meeting

Jun 20, 201213 La Florida community planting grants awarded in 11 counties

Jun 18, 20122012-13 Seeds for Schools grants awarded

Jun 06, 20127 counties, Live Oak pledge to conserve native wildflowers on roadsides

May 11, 2012Great wildflowers for dry landscapes

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