Florida Wildflower Foundation News
For Mother's Day, say it with wildflowers!
Date Posted: Apr 18, 2014
Our popular Mother's Day promotion is back! Honor the mom in your life by making a donation of $25 in her name to the Florida Wildflower Foundation. We'll send this lovely Mother's Day card letting her know that you've made the contribution. Inside will be four seed-paper flowers and planting instructions.
The colorful flower cut-outs have Leavenworth's Tickseed (Coreopsis Leavenworthii) embedded in them. Florida's state wildflower, Coreopsis can grow to 2 feet in height and blooms spring, summer and fall. It's the gift that keeps on giving, a sunny-yellow reminder of your love and appreciation for years to come.
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The Florida Wildflower Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; contributions are tax deductible. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (8OO-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION#: CHl23l9. Contact us at PO Box 941066, Maitland, FL 32794-1066; 407-353-6164; info@FlaWildflowers.org.
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.
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
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.