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Now blooming: Spotted water hemlock

Date Posted: Jul 22, 2016

Black swallowtail caterpillars can't get enough of spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculatum), a member of the carrot family. But don't get any ideas for yourself -- this robust wetland wildflower contains cicutoxin, a poisonous compound that can fatally disrupt our central nervous systems if ingested. It is also known by the more telling common names of beaver poison and suicide root.

Learn more about this pernicious plant on our blog.

Photo by Mary Keim.

Now blooming: Hairy leafcup

Date Posted: Jul 15, 2016

Also known as bear’s foot, hairy leafcup (Smallanthus uvedalia) is an uncommon herbaceous perennial with bright yellow blooms. It occurs naturally in upland hardwood forests, slope forests, upland mixed woodlands, and moist shaded hammocks. It typically blooms in summer and attracts a variety of bees and other pollinators.

In the early 1900s, a tincture was made from hairy leafcup's roots and marketed as "Brooks' Bears-foot Ointment." Click here to learn more about this plant's amazing medicinal powers!

Photo by R.W. Smith, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Now blooming: Pitted stripeseed

Date Posted: Jul 08, 2016

Pitted stripeseed (Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana) gets it common name from -- you guessed it -- the striped depressions on its seeds! This cheerful little flower is found in the open, sandy areas of pine flatwoods and sandhills throughout Florida.

Because its blooms are small (about 3/4" in diameter), it attracts the tinier bees and butterflies. Gulf fritillary butterflies may use this wildflower as a host plant as it is chemically similar to the fritillaries’ primary host plants, passionvines. Rabbits also like to nibble on the foliage.

Learn more about this bright bloomer on our blog.

Photo by Wayne Matchett.

 

Now blooming: Baldwin's eryngo

Date Posted: Jul 01, 2016

Baldwin’s eryngo is a deciduous perennial (sometimes biennial) wildflower with a prostrate, vine-like growth habit. You’ll rarely notice it as you drive along the highway, but it can form a large sprawling groundcover, providing a hazy, light blue understory to other wildflowers.

According to Florida ethnobotanist Dan Austin, Baldwin’s eryngo was used as a breath freshener with aphrodisiac influence. A candy version was referred to as “kissing comfits.”

Learn more about this interesting and often overlooked wildflower on our blog.

 

Photo by Craig Huegel.

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All the News

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

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