Date Posted: Oct 21, 2016
Vanillaleaf (Carphephorus odoratissimus) is striking with its many small purple flowers that are borne in terminal, flat-topped inflorescences. Its common name refers to the vanilla-like scent that the wilting leaves emit when crushed. The species epithet, odoratissimus, is from the Latin for “most fragrant” and also alludes to the leaves’ scent.
Vanillaleaf occurs naturally in mesic to hydric pine flatwoods, moist sandhills and bogs and blooms late summer into fall. It attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
Read more about this odiferous Carphephorus on our blog.
Photo by Eleanor Dietrich
Date Posted: Oct 14, 2016
Summer farewell (Dalea pinnata) is a perennial herbaceous wildflower native to sandhills, dry flatwoods and scrub habitat. As the common name implies, summer farewell blooms in late summer and early fall. Its many white flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Its seeds provide food for birds and small wildlife.
Summer farewell makes an excellent addition to a dry, sunny wildflower garden. It is dormant in the winter, but its spring leaves, summer and fall flowers, and fall seed pods provide plenty of color throughout the rest of the year.
Learn more about summer farewell on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim.
Date Posted: Oct 10, 2016
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2016 Land of Flowers Photo Contest, including Doreen Damm, whose photo of a Monarch butterfly on Purple Coneflower swept the pollinator category.
There were more than 90 stunning entries and 1,100 public votes cast. Winners were announced at the Florida Wildflower Symposium in Ocala.
Date Posted: Oct 07, 2016
Dogtongue wild buckwheat (Eriogonum tomentosum) is an herbaceous perennial that produces many creamy white to pinkish flowers in late summer and fall. Its white blooms contrast nicely against the yellows and purples of other fall-flowering species. It is common in sandhills, scrub and dry pinelands. The flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees and wasps, but are less frequented by butterflies.
The genus name, Eriogonum, is from the Greek erio (erion), or "wool," and goni, or "knee" ("joint"), alluding to the hairy joints found on many plants within this genus. The species epithet, tomentosum, refers to the hairy undersides of the leaves.
Learn more about dogtongue wild buckwheat on our blog.
Photo by Mary Keim.
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