Date Posted: Feb 17, 2017
Also known as rusty staggerbush, rusty lyonia (Lyonia ferruginea) is a long-lived evergreen flowering shrub. Its common descriptor, "rusty," and its species epithet, ferruginea, both refer to the many rust-colored hairs that cover the plant's leaves, stems and trunk. It occurs naturally in scrub, scrubby flatwoods, xeric hammocks and moist pine flatwoods. Flowers typically appear in spring but are blooming now in Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park.
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Photo by Stacey Matrazzo.
Date Posted: Feb 10, 2017
No matter where in Florida you are, wildflowers are in bloom. In north Florida, wakerobins (Trillium spp.) are at their peak, signaling the return of their namesake bird. Wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata), sweet Pinxter azalea (Rhododendron canescens), pineland daisy (Chaptalia tomentosa) and yellow butterwort (Pinguicula lutea), a state-threatened species, are among the blossoms decorating north Florida’s roadsides and natural areas.
Red buckeye’s (Aesculus pavia) early blooms provide nourishment for returning hummingbirds and butterflies in north and central Florida. Other blooms to look for in the area include tropical sage (Salvia coccinea), lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata), spiderwort (Tradescantia spp.) and bay lobelia (Lobelia feayania).
In South Florida, be on the lookout for wild pennyroyal (Piloblephis rigida), oakleaf fleabane (Erigeron quercifolius), marsh gentian (Eustoma exaltatum), senna (Senna spp.) and skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia pentanthos), a state-endangered species.
Of course, these are just a few of Florida’s many native wildflowers now blooming throughout the state. For more of what’s blooming in your area, visit our What’s in Bloom page. While you're out enjoying the view, why not join the ranks of our Wildflower Watchers and let us know with photographs what’s blooming in your area? Here's how to submit your photos so that others may enjoy La Florida, land of flowers.
Pictured: Sweet pinxter azalea by Eleanor Dietrich.
Date Posted: Feb 10, 2017
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a perennial evergreen vine, so named because a cross section of its stem reveals a cross-shaped pattern. It typically blooms in spring, when it puts on a spectacular display, but they can appear as early as February and as late as June. It occurs naturally in mesic to dry hammocks, floodplain forests and dry hardwood forests. It is mainly pollinated by hummingbirds but attracts some butterflies, as well.
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Photo by Eleanor Dietrich
Date Posted: Feb 03, 2017
Wakerobins (Trillium spp.) are long-lived perennial wildflowers native to upland hardwood forests, slope forests, hammocks and bluffs. They typically bloom in late winter before the tree canopy leafs out, but can bloom as late as early spring.
The common name wakerobin refers to the flower appearing around the same time as the first robins. It is also known as birthroot due to its medicinal use during childbirth, and toadshade because some have said it resembles a toad-sized umbrella.
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Pictured: Spotted wakerobin (Trillium maculatum) by Eleanor Dietrich.
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