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Now blooming: Sandbog deathcamas

Date Posted: Aug 26, 2016

What's in a name? Well, if it's sandbog deathcamas, everything is in the name! Sandbog deathcamas (Zigadenus glaberrimus) is a poisonous wildflower native to wet flatwoods and prairies in the Panhandle. Its many star-shaped flowers are cream-colored with greenish-gold glands at the base of their petals. It blooms summer through fall (it’s blooming now!) and attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

Learn more about this fatal flower on our blog.

Photo by Stacey Matrazzo

Now blooming: Pineland heliotrope

Date Posted: Aug 19, 2016

Pineland heliotrope  (Euploca polyphylla) is a perennial wildflower endemic to Florida. It occurs naturally in pine rocklands, wet prairies, coastal thickets and ruderal areas. It typically blooms throughout the year, but in North Florida, it may bloom only in fall. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially small butterflies.

The common name "heliotrope" comes from the Greek helios, or "sun," and trepein, or "to turn." It refers to the belief that the plants turn their flowers toward the sun.

Learn more on our blog.

Now blooming: Swamp milkweed

Date Posted: Aug 10, 2016

Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) puts on quite a summer show! Its fragrant flowers attract all sorts of pollinators, including monarch, queen and soldier butterflies (for which it is a larval host), as well as native such as sweat bees, leafcutter bees and yellow-faced bees.

This is a great plant for moist to moderately dry, sunny landscapes. Learn more about this striking native milkweed on our blog.

Photo of hummingbird clearwing moth on swamp milkweed by Mary Keim.

Now blooming: Comfortroot

Date Posted: Aug 05, 2016

Also known as pineland hibiscus, comfortroot (Hibiscus aculeatus) is a large perennial wildflower with showy cream-colored blooms. Comfortroot occurs naturally in wet to mesic pinelands, and along the edges of savannas, bogs and roadside ditches. It typically blooms late spring through fall and attracts pollinators, specifically bees.

The common name comfortroot may allude to the belief that the plant’s mucilaginous roots has soothing properties.

Read more about comfortroot on our blog.

Photo by Eleanor Dietrich

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All the News

Aug 26, 2016Now blooming: Sandbog deathcamas

Aug 19, 2016Now blooming: Pineland heliotrope

Aug 10, 2016Now blooming: Swamp milkweed

Aug 05, 2016Now blooming: Comfortroot

Jul 29, 2016Now blooming: Lanceleaf blanketflower

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

Feb 03, 2015Download our winter newsletter

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